[webkit-dev] Place For new Core Module

Jeremy Orlow jorlow at chromium.org
Wed Aug 25 04:24:25 PDT 2010

On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 11:50 PM, Chinmaya Sn <chinmaya at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks All. I think I am getting the general idea of what can get into
> to WebKit and how things fit.
> Right now both the standard and implementation are WIP, spec is intended to
> be a Web standard. At this point, neither the standard nor the
> implementation are public.

Even if you want to use your prototype implementation to inform your spec's
design, I'd highly recommend bringing up your general ideas on some
standards list ASAP.  These lists often have a lot of smart people with a
lot of varied experience.  Often they'll be able to point out major flaws in
your idea or other technologies you might want to look at.  And, at very
least, it'll give you an idea of how your final spec will be received.  I'd
highly suggest at least floating the general concepts around some standards
lists otherwise there's a good chance your proposal will be dead on arrival.

On Tue, Aug 24, 2010 at 11:59 PM, Eric Seidel <eric at webkit.org> wrote:

> Secret ports have an absolutely horrible track record of ever catching
> up with public WebKit.
> Only one has ever been successful to my knowledge (Chromium) and I'm
> not even sure we could call it full success yet.  (They've spent 2
> years attempting to fully catch up, and yet you can't build a useable
> binary out of webkit.org -- although that's very close!)
> Apple's iPhone fork has (or had, maybe this has changed) one full-time
> person who's job is constantly merging.  I'm not sure how close to
> tip-of-tree they're able to stay.
> It's possible that you work with the most fantastic engineers WebKit
> will ever see.  But let me caution you: if CableKit forks in secret,
> you're very likely to always be months if not years behind and riddled
> with security vulnerabilities. :)
> Furthermore, specs take a long time and a lot of buy-in.  Spec-work
> done in secret is unlikely to end up ever getting the buy-in it needs
> to become a spec.
> Best of luck.


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