Changes to inlined gadgets

Friday, August 1, 2008 at 10:41 AM

In November, we announced the deprecation of inlined gadgets on iGoogle. Inlined gadgets filled a niche role in gadget development, a role that has become smaller as more features have been added to iGoogle and to the gadgets API.

To encourage developers to move their existing inlined gadgets to supported APIs, we're moving to the next phase in their deprecation. Within the next few weeks, inlined gadgets with few active users will no longer operate within iGoogle.

All other inlined gadgets will continue to operate, but the gadget XML will be in read-only mode, served out of Google's cache. It will still be possible to update these gadgets, by filing a request to recache the gadget in the legacy issue tracker. We strongly recommend that the authors of these gadgets move to supported APIs.

Please note that attempting to bypass the cache by importing external CSS, JavaScript and HTML is strongly discouraged. Gadgets that do this exclusively to bypass Google's caching may be disabled.

If you have questions or comments about the new behavior of inlined gadgets, please visit the developer forum.