[webkit-dev] WebKit on Windows(?)
darin at apple.com
Thu Jan 19 10:24:33 PST 2006
On Jan 18, 2006, at 1:33 PM, Greg Thompson wrote:
> Recently, there has been some chatter about getting webkit ported
> motivation for this project coming from any of the Apple
> maintainers? Or is this strictly coming from the community? Can
> somebody summarize the status, goals, and players, and to what
> degree the Apple folks are involved? I am interested in the end
> result and am trying to gauge the likelihood of this happening.
It's not just chatter. We're improving the structure of the WebKit
code and working on portability. The basic road map from this web
page is still pretty accurate:
I recommend reading that to get an idea of what the WebKit folks are
doing. The only thing out of date there is that I don't think anyone
is working to integrate the GTK+ port.
other than OS X. It's working on Unix for the KDE folks and on Windows.
There's more work to do at the WebCore level. We're doing a lot to
make a better separation between the platform-independent vs.
platform-specific bits. For example, we're replacing the old "KWQ"
layer (which had API "kind of like" Qt, but was really trying to be a
platform abstraction among other things) with a new structure where
platform-independent code is more cleanly separated. And we want to
create a cleaner relationship between WebKit and WebCore on OS X. As
far as specific platforms are concerned, we'd like to get in good
shape to merge in the work from the Symbian port, make it possible to
port to KDE and Linux at some point, and we're super-excited about
the possibility of having a way to look at web pages using WebKit on
Windows that would allow a lot of contributors to join in that like
to program on Windows and don't have Macs.
Engineers from Apple are leading this effort to improve the structure
of the code and its portability. The best way to find out more about
who's working on what and how you can contribute is to stop by in
#webkit and talk to people about what they're up to.
More information about the webkit-dev