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In lieu of any serious reporting of any kind, I’ve decided to clarify the different uses of the name Chrome in the tech industry as of late. I’m sure if you read this you are aware of Google’s new Chrome browser, but little did you know that “chrome” is actually a general term, referring to the UI components of a web browser. For Mozilla and it’s Firefox browser it is something more specific: it refers to local XUL applications as chrome. Mozilla also uses “chrome” as a URL scheme for loading local XUL (ie, chrome) components.

Google most probably is just following the browser UI meaning. I bet some people at Mozilla were biting their tongue about the name of the new browser, in addition to the obvious fact that Chrome is fierce new competition.

I’ve just noticed a lot of confusion in the news media about the origins of the word. So now you know, Internet.


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