[webkit-dev] SearchBox API

Darin Fisher darin at chromium.org
Fri Oct 15 14:01:58 PDT 2010

Thank you.  This is helpful feedback.


On Fri, Oct 15, 2010 at 11:27 AM, Darin Adler <darin at apple.com> wrote:

> There’s no simple recipe to tell us what to build into WebKit and what goes
> into client applications. Explicit support for search fields and API
> directly related to the configuration of browser search has been left out of
> WebKit up until this point.
> Reasons for putting things into WebKit include things that have complicated
> interactions with other aspects of web technology, or are difficult to
> implement correctly and thus it’s good to share them among multiple WebKit
> clients.
> There’s no principle that would forbid starting to put technologies in
> WebKit to help implement features like APIs to control the search field or
> even other search field related features such as Safari’s search field snap
> back feature. On the other hand, just because API is exposed to websites
> does not on its own justify putting the API into the engine.
> I still stand my my original objection—this API should not go in WebKit at
> this time—but it’s not a simple black and white case of what can and can’t
> be in WebKit.
>    -- Darin
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