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

Patrick East patricke at bsquare.com
Tue Jul 30 14:29:03 PDT 2013

Hi Brent,

For a ballpark of the market size we have customers with millions of devices, and we believe there are several million other WinCE devices that are also utilizing WebKit. The target platforms do benefit quite a bit having access to the latest builds, nearly all of our customers push for having the latest performance enhancements, features,  and bug fixes.

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From: Brent Fulgham [mailto:bfulgham at apple.com]
Sent: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 10:53 AM
To: Patrick East
Cc: Anders Carlsson; WebKit Development
Subject: Re: [webkit-dev] Ports not building as C++11?

Hi Patrick,

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