Google Docs’ upcoming update is not good news for Chrome users since it can affect browser extensions. Here’s what you need to know about it.
Google Docs will soon receive a major update that will soon change users’ experiences. The search engine giant’s update for its online document manager will bring some enhancements that will increase Docs’ performance.
The tech giant manufacturer announced that it will soon change the way in which Google Docs renders documents and this could affect how some Chrome extensions work in the company’s browser. In the new Google Workspace update, the giant tech firm explained that in the coming months it will start to transition to a canvas-based approach.
This is a huge change since the current Google Docs is still relying on the HTML-based rendering approach. Although this update will improve performance and consistency when it comes to how content appears across different platforms in Docs, experts claim that the upcoming system change will still impact some Chrome browser extensions.
They added that the Google Docs’ major change will even prevent some browser extensions on Chrome to function properly. If you don’t have any idea what is the upcoming canvas-based rendering update, here are its major details.
Google’s Upcoming Canvas-Based Update for Docs
As of the moment, most Chrome extensions are relying on how the backend of Google Docs is structured or specific bits of HTML code to function properly. However, as Docs moves away from HTML-based rendering and starts using canvas-based rendering, some extensions may not function as intended when using Google’s office software and could need to be updated.
Although this is the case, the search engine giant is still giving more time to the Google Docs admin to review all of their Chrome extensions, which are currently deployed at their organizations. Aside from this, they can also test this example of a Google Doc using canvas-based rendering. You can click this link to visit the actual document.
On the other hand, the search engine giant also suggested that people who are building their own integrations with Google Docs should use the Workspace Add-ons framework moving forward. Why? Because it uses the supported Workspace APIs and integration points. Doing so will ensure that you’ll need to do less work in the future to support periodic UI implementation changes in Docs.
Aside from this, the tech giant company also said that if your company has created its own private Chrome extension, then you need to submit the survey form offered by Google for its online tool Docs update. You need to click this link and provide your feedback and notify your team if you think the upcoming canvas-based rendering change will affect your browser extension.
As of the moment, the search engine giant is already slowly migrating its online tool from HTML to canvas-based rendering. It is expected to do this for the coming months. This slow transition will help various organizations, companies, and individuals to have more time to prepare before the transition is complete.