[webkit-dev] Ceasing development of current QtWebKit API's

Andreas Kling kling at webkit.org
Mon Jul 4 13:25:37 PDT 2011

(Cross-posting from webkit-qt since it may interest people who are not on
that list.)

Hello QtWebKit users and contributors!

Now that the Nokia N9 has finally been announced, many of you probably know
it ships with a WebKit2-based browser. Following this we've started
discussing where to go with WebKit in Qt5, and it has become quite clear
that the future of QtWebKit is with WebKit2.

We at Nokia are planning to cease work on the WebKit1-based API (QWebView,
QGraphicsWebView and friends.) We know there are many people using this API,
and would therefore like to know if someone is interested in stepping up and
taking over the maintenance.

This task would include hosting a buildbot instance for build.webkit.org,
and the responsibility for keeping unit tests (Qt/WebKit1 API tests) and
layout tests passing.

The rough plan is to ship the last version of our WebKit1 API's with Qt 5.0.
We don't intend to update the code after this initial release, as its sole
purpose is to ease migration, similarly to Qt3Support in Qt4. This will
possibly be a forward-ported version QtWebKit 2.2 (as opposed to a snapshot
of WebKit trunk at the time of Qt 5.0 branching.)

If a new maintainer can be found, it's our hope that they could keep
delivering new versions of the Qt/WebKit1 API's to the Qt 5.x series.

-Kling (on behalf of the Nokia QtWebKit teams)
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