[webkit-dev] Web Inspector

Timothy Hatcher timothy at apple.com
Fri Jun 14 13:56:20 PDT 2013

On Tuesday the Safari team upstreamed the Safari Web Inspector to WebKit as a new top-level project — WebInspectorUI. This version of Web Inspector is nearly two years in the making. We now feel it is time to share our hard work with the WebKit project and further accelerate developer tool innovation with help from all of you.

The previous Web Inspector UI is still part of WebCore and is used by a number of ports currently. However, the previous version of Web Inspector is largely unmaintained at this point — since the departure of Chromium back in April. At this time, we would like to deprecate the previous Web Inspector and encourage ports to move over to using the new WebInspectorUI project.

We realize a transition like this can't happen overnight. For starters, the current UI assumes the Mac platform with keyboard shortcuts and other conventions. Another area would be making it work with the Inspector protocol vended over a WebSocket. To facilitate a smooth transition for ports, we are ready to help and review patches to get issues resolved as quickly as possible.

We hope you are as excited about this as we are, and are looking forward to working with all of you to make Web Inspector even better!

— Timothy Hatcher

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