[webkit-dev] Ports not building as C++11?

Brent Fulgham bfulgham at apple.com
Tue Jul 30 10:52:59 PDT 2013

Hi Patrick,

On Jul 29, 2013, at 10:42 AM, Patrick East <patricke at bsquare.com> wrote:

> There is support for C++11 on Windows Embedded Compact 2013 using the newer VC11 compiler, but for CE 5, 6, or WEC 7 they will not be able to support it since they are limited to the VC9 compiler. Afaik there doesn’t appear to be any plans from Microsoft to back-port the newer compiler and run time to support older versions of CE.

That’s too bad.  Can you give me an idea of how big a ‘market’ we are talking about for these older OS releases?  Are these targets likely to need or benefit from access to a ToT WebKit build?

> I realize that CE 5, 6, and 7 are probably not top priorities for the community, but these changes will basically force dropping support for those platforms. We do have some interest in keeping WebKit working for our downstream build, so if it’s possible to make this change over to using C++11 in a way that can allow for building without the new features that would be ideal. If there is anything we can do that help make this happen let me know.

I think the goal is to (at least initially) conditionalize the use of various C++11 idioms.  But I think we will soon reach a critical mass where we will assume the compiler supports the newer language constructs.


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