[webkit-dev] Audio directory layout

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Tue Mar 30 17:55:25 PDT 2010

Will there be dependencies on the rest of WebCore?  If not,
platform/audio might sense as a peer to platform/graphics.


On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:45 PM, Chris Rogers <crogers at google.com> wrote:
> Thanks everyone for your answers.
> Darin, I agree that "audio" might be confusing since HTMLAudioElement would
> not be in there, but it still might be the simplest name.  Otherwise, how
> about:
> WebCore/audio-engine
> or
> WebCore/audio-processing
> ??
> On Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 5:31 PM, Darin Adler <darin at apple.com> wrote:
>> On Mar 30, 2010, at 5:19 PM, Adam Barth wrote:
>> The platform directory contains a lot more than just
>> platform-specific files. It's the platform upon which WebCore is built. For
>> example, KURL is in platform even though it's shared by all the ports. I
>> think the main consideration for whether to put things in platform relate
>> to the dependencies. For example, platform doesn't depend on the rest
>> of WebCore.
>> That’s right.
>> The WebCore/platform directory’s name is a bit of a pun. It contains the
>> platform abstraction, exposing things present in the underlying operating
>> system such as a way to find out about events and screen sizes and such, and
>> also contains other basics that provide a “platform” for the rest
>> of WebCore code, without dependencies on that code. It can be though of as a
>> largely-separate lower level module within WebCore.
>> The platform directory does not contain all platform-specific files. Nor
>> should it. Directories such as WebCore/loader and WebCore/plugins contain
>> platform-specific subdirectories as needed.
>> As for whether audio should be a top-level concept, that might make sense.
>> It seems similar to notifications and storage, which are top-level concepts.
>> Code that is specifically about how the web models audio, and not how that
>> is integrated with the underlying audio capabilities of the OS, more
>> naturally would go somewhere outside the platform directory. A top level
>> directory named audio might be confusing since HTMLAudioElement would not be
>> in there.
>>     -- Darin

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