Addons typically mean things such as the Zam XIV App. Things that calculate or do things differently than SE displays them. WoW allowed custom interfaces through these same methods. Users could add damage meters, custom chat filters, different maps, etc.
WoW Blackhand-US-Date of Retirement: 9/21/2010... /Sigh
Devari - 90 Rogue 85 DK Druid/Mage/Warrior 70+
FFXI - Shiva "Retired.... Or not? One more try, honest."
Desmar - 65 Sam 36 Mnk 18 Thf 12 War
FFXIV - Devari Garamond - Sargatanas 50 Paladin / Culinarian / Weaver / Armorer
Beta - Devaria Ariadne - Ultros - Pugilist