[webkit-dev] Questions about WebKit

Gustavo Noronha Silva gns at gnome.org
Fri Jul 11 15:16:23 PDT 2008

On Fri, 2008-07-11 at 01:18 -0700, Nemix wrote:
> > First, WebKit is a rendering engine.  As such, it does provide  
> > features that would permit you to build a cross-platform interface  
> > using, for example, JavaScript and HTML to build a user interface.  In  
> > fact, I am pursuing something along these lines at the moment.
> Maybe have I made an error thinking I can use as a Java API (like PDFbox),
> including it in a Java project and use functions it provides.
> Because when I opened the windows package of webkit (http://webkit.org/), I
> didn't found any .java files and haven't any idea on "how can I do ?"...

WebKit for Windows is to be used with C++, not Java. You need to look
for the Java distribution of WebKit for Windows, most probably you'll be
able to download that from Sun.

> Ok. So WebKit is something like a Java API with a .jar for each platform. I
> will have to built a different .jar in the end of my work. Don't hesitate to
> stop me if I say something wrong. I would like to be very sure about what I
> understand because it is very important for what I have to do  ;)


> I haven't already search at the moment (I tried to understand what really is
> webkit and its possibilities), but I thought it exists something like
> Qtopia, based on the webkit which provides functions to manipulate PDF. 
> Hum... It seems to be the point the more complex I will have to study ^^

Qtopia is not to be used with Java, though. Qtopia uses the Qt port of
WebKit, which is available as a C++ API.

> http://trolltech.com/downloads/opensource#qtopia-open-source-edition
> Does it mean that I can develop on a mobile phone ? ... I really need to
> open my eyes on technology  -_-'

You can, but using Qt/C++, not Java. For Java you need to look for the
Java port of WebKit. There is also a port using GNOME-based
technologies, which also allows you to write software for mobile using
mainly C (but also Python, C++, and others if you wish).

> I would like to develop on Windows and use the application on Mac and iphone
> system.

That should be possible, like many people said =).

See you,

Gustavo Noronha Silva <gns at gnome.org>
GNOME contributor: http://www.gnome.org/

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