[webkit-gtk] Deciding the deprecation path for WebKit1

Carlos Garcia Campos cgarcia at igalia.com
Wed Mar 19 12:32:44 PDT 2014

El mié, 19-03-2014 a las 12:12 -0700, Niranjan Rao escribió:
> One concern I have is webkit 2 does not have complete feature list of 
> webkit1 yet. For example in version 2, we can not access WebKitWebFrame 
> object.  We were using it, but managed to find workarounds. I don't know 
> how many other applications actually use it.

We have a very simple WebKitFrame object in the web extensions API. File
bug reports explaining the use cases and we'll add all the missing API.

> Personally we have moved webkit2. It is little more cumbersome to use 
> than older version and added some interesting complications to life. 
> However in general, I am noticing it more faster and having more useful 
> features. When compared with previous version, we have also noticed 
> higher number of crashes in v2, but they will stabilize/get fixed over 
> the time.

Most of the crashes are actually in JavaScriptCore, so it's common to
wk1 and wk2.

> Gtk annotations is also important for others so that languages like 
> python can use it. But this raises a very interesting problem. If python 
> like language needs DOM access, how do we do it? There are lot of tools 
> out there that depend upon DOM access and use Gtk annotations.

That's a good point, we need to figure out a way to support web
extensions written in other languages. 

> Regards,
> Niranjan
> On 03/19/2014 11:46 AM, Martin Robinson wrote:
> > On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM, Carlos Garcia Campos
> > <cgarcia at igalia.com> wrote:
> >> Let's remove the code then. As I said people wanting to stay with
> >> WebKit1 can use the latest release including WebKit1.
> > It seems like a lot of people are in favor of removing the code now.
> > We will continue to support WebKit1 for as long as we release the 2.4
> > branch (that may be 6 months or even a year). I think this is
> > suitable, as it will still be possible to use WebKi1 for some time. If
> > someone wants to continue maintaining WebKit1, they can submit patches
> > against the 2.4 branch. Is anyone opposed to this?
> >
> > --Martin
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Carlos Garcia Campos
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