[webkit-dev] Qt WebKit removed from upstream

Allan Sandfeld Jensen kde at carewolf.com
Fri Oct 4 06:14:33 PDT 2013

Hello WebKit

As everybody who followed the discussion in the "Changes in QtWebKit 
development" thread or recent commits to subversion knows, the Qt port was 
removed from WebKit trunk on Wednesday this week,

From Digia we had a vague plan of trying to cut down drastically on the 
maintenance burden of our port, but without any clear cut goals of what we 
could use the port for, except it could very likely be useful to our existing 
users and customers.

After the announcement of our plan, a lot of scepticism was raised on webkit-
dev about whether it made sense for WebKit. Since Digia had announced that we 
would focus on the Chromium based Qt WebEngine, many seemed to feel that we 
would not be able to contribute enough to the WebKit project to justify the 
cost to everyone else of keeping the Qt port upstream.

Based on the feedback from the community we decided to remove the port, 
instead of fighting repeated conflicts. We have had a great time working with 
the WebKit project over the course of the past 7+ years. There have been many 
conflicts but the end result has always been positive, and we would not want 
to be a burden for the project.

With that in mind we say farewell to upstream. We will still be using WebKit, 
and shipping with a brand new branch in Qt 5.2, and we will be active in the 
project where it makes sense. Feel free to reach out to us using the usual 

Thanks for having us

The Digia Qt WebKit Team.
Allan Sandfeld Jensen
Michael Bruning
Andras Becsi
Simon Hausmann
Jocelyn Turcotte
Pierre Rossi
Zeno Albisser


Digia Germany GmbH
Rudower Chausse 13, 12489 D-Berlin
Digia Germany is a group company of Digia Plc,
Valimotie 21, FI-00380 Helsinki Finland

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