[webkit-dev] WebKit modularization

Adam Barth abarth at webkit.org
Fri Feb 24 10:00:17 PST 2012

2012/2/24 Alexey Proskuryakov <ap at webkit.org>:
> 22.02.2012, в 22:08, Kentaro Hara написал(а):
>> TL;DR: We are starting WebKit modularization. Self-contained features
>> like WebAudio, WebSocket, IndexedDB, File APIs ...etc will be moved
>> from WebCore/ to WebCore/Modules/.
> Looking at patches that are actually getting landed, they go far beyond this idea. See e.g. bug 79436 - "Move HTML-related APIs from DOMWindow.idl to DOMWindowHTML.idl". How is HTML a self-contained feature?
> I see a lot of downside in such refactoring, and don't really see any benefit:
> 1) It gets very hard to navigate source code, as you never know where a given function is. You can't find it, you can't see if it's even there without a full code search.
> 2) The division lines are very arbitrary. For example, bug 79434 moved "XML-related" APIs to a separate file, including window.XMLDocument, which is as core to DOM as it gets.
> 3) The moves don't respect original licenses - e.g. DOMWindowXML.idl is LGPL, while DOMWindow.idl is BSD.
> 4) More files means longer build times.
> I think that most of the patches landed under this umbrella should be reconsidered, and most immediately those that had license wrong.

I'm happy to re-check them for license errors.  If you can send me a
list of the license errors you've noticed, I'll make sure they get


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