What’s an addon, really?
Actually, an addon isn’t much more than a userscript, a userstyle, or a combination of the two. If any of these are related, then we make them part of the same addon, under a single name. For example, the “Scratch 3 Developer Tools” addon has a userscript in charge of adding a find box to the editor, and a userstyle that adds CSS to that box.
What’s a userscript?
Userscripts are useful to change the behavior of the Scratch website, for example, adding or removing buttons to the navbar.
What’s a userstyle?
Conceptually, what should be an addon?
You might wonder if it’s a better idea to create a new addon, or modify an existing one.
If 2 addons share some of these, they should probably be merged.
- Both need, or don’t need, permissions that require user interaction (like notifications).
- They share lots of code.
- The user would expect that addon to offer both features.
- If being separated, they would interfere with each other.
Remember addons are customizable by the user - adding new functionality does not affect old users of the addon, unless we intentionally make it do so.
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