[webkit-dev] Changing the implementation of KURL

Benjamin Poulain benjamin at webkit.org
Fri Jan 27 00:03:13 PST 2012

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 11:17 PM, Darin Fisher <darin at chromium.org> wrote:
> Instead of doing all of this work, have you considered just treating
> GoogleURL in much the same way as WebKit treats ANGLE?  You could perhaps
> just commit a copy of GoogleURL into Source/ThirdParty, and then WebKit as a
> whole could switch to a consistent KURL implementation.

WTFURL is a copy of GoogleURL adapted to WebKit so I hope "it is not
gonna be too much work" (tm). :)

As I understand, it was decided 2 years ago not to add GoogleURL into
Source/ThirdParty to avoid pulling some dependencies and to have this
important piece part of the WebKit project (I was not at that
particular session).

> Also, be mindful that if your goal is to avoid having two implementions of
> KURL, then part of accomplishing that goal is also switching Chromium over
> to WTFURL.  I'm guessing that is probably not in your plans.  Do you know if
> someone is motivated to make that happen?  (Chromium consumes GoogleURL
> directly, albeit mostly through the GURL front-end, which might be portable
> to WTFURL.)

I assumed Adam Barth could help since he bootstrapped the whole WTFURL project.

If there is no interest from Chromium to get rid of the split, I would
rather keep improving the current KURL than completely switch the


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