[webkit-gtk] Custom GTK widgets inside webview

Zisu Andrei matzipan at gmail.com
Mon Jun 5 03:41:06 PDT 2017

I am wondering what makes it unsolvable in your view? Afaict, the button
element or text entries and what not are still GTK widgets at the end of
the day, so to my ignorant mind it's just a matter of repurposing that
code? I will have a better look at the code in question.

At the moment I am doing the same thing Robert is mentioning on that
thread: I'm resizing the webview until it doesn't require scrolling. It was
a hacky way to get a prototype and I want to move away from it.

On Mon, 5 Jun 2017, 07:16 , <philip.chimento at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Sat, Jun 3, 2017 at 10:55 AM Zisu Andrei <matzipan at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I've been using webkit2gtk-4 from Vala for a mail application I am
>> writing for myself. It's been relatively easy to work with, apart from a
>> few issues. Perhaps I'll detail them in some future emails.
>> However, I am writing this to ask about opportunity of allowing custom
>> GTK widgets to be embedded in the WebView. What would that entail? Where
>> would one need to look for adding such a feature, and if one were to do so,
>> would it be accepted upstream? Is there a particular reason why this has
>> not been done? I googled around a bit and I wasn't able to find answers.
>> Specifically, in my mail application, when displaying a mail thread, I
>> have a choice between a single webview for the entire thread and a webview
>> for each message content. While single webview would be most efficient, it
>> would mean I wouldn't be able to reuse some of the GTK widgets I've used in
>> the rest of the application and so on, and if I do have a webview for each
>> message - the waste is obvious.
> This has been discussed before on this list, without a particularly
> satisfying answer:
> https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-gtk/2015-September/002426.html
> This is still a problem, but looks unsolvable as far as I can tell. The
> closest you can come, as far as I can tell, is using what Matt Watson
> demonstrated in this script:
> https://lists.webkit.org/pipermail/webkit-gtk/2015-September/002429.html That
> works as long as you don't try to scroll too fast; in which case the widget
> quite obviously lags behind the div with the red background.
> Regards,
> Philip C
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