[webkit-dev] Using Google-URL in WebKit

Darin Fisher darin at google.com
Thu Oct 2 15:35:19 PDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 2, 2008 at 3:27 PM, David Hyatt <hyatt at apple.com> wrote:

> On Oct 2, 2008, at 4:23 PM, Maciej Stachowiak wrote:
> >>
> >> I have mentioned optionally replacing KURL with an ifdef to a number
> >> of WebKit members. The reception has been tentatively yes.
> >
> > As one of the people who were asked and tentatively said yes,
> I am strongly against integration of GURL behind KURL.  This code is
> simple, and there's no reason to complicate it like this.  Any port
> should be able to use KURL as is and just translate at boundaries
> (like the existing Mac port does).  I don't think there should be any
> major issues with this approach, and the alternative is to place a
> burden on WebKit as far as having to maintain a now needlessly
> complicated KURL class.

Hi Dave,

Please see my comments on this thread.  Summarizing:  The code for correct
and complete URL parsing / canonicalization is non-trivial and in many cases
extremely subtle.  It is important to Chromium to use consistent URL
handling across the entire application.  For example, our network stack
depends on GoogleURL.  We have strong desire to share the same URL handling
code with WebCore so that we achieve consistency, avoiding both correctness
and security bugs.  It would be awkward to have our otherwise independent
network stack suddenly depend on WebCore.

All we are asking for is to add a couple #ifdefs to KURL.h so that we do not
have to maintain a fork.  Is that really so hard to maintain going forward?
 We are happy to do all of the work to maintain it.

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