[webkit-qt] kde-qt-webkit

Pierre Rossi pierre.rossi at gmail.com
Wed Apr 25 08:32:36 PDT 2012

Hi all,

On Wed, Apr 25, 2012 at 16:57, Quim Gil <quim.gil at nokia.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> On 04/24/2012 05:09 PM, ext Andrea Diamantini wrote:
>> Hi all,
>> I'm here to announce the will to work on an unofficial branch of
>> qtwebkit, living on gitorious as
>> https://gitorious.org/~adjam/**webkit/kde-qt-webkit<https://gitorious.org/~adjam/webkit/kde-qt-webkit>
>> .
>> Given qtwebkit devs intention to no more develop the WebKit1 bits of the
>> qt port and considering the needs of kde webkit browsers (you may know
>> I'm just developing one), I decided to try working a bit on it with some
>> minimal targets.
> If I understand this correctly, in Qt Project terminology you are saying
> that Qt WebKit Widgets (and add-on module at
> http://qt-project.org/wiki/Qt-**Add-ons-Modules<http://qt-project.org/wiki/Qt-Add-ons-Modules>) is currently unmaintained and you want to do something about this.
> Starting an unofficial branch might be a quick and good enough way for you
> to show your intentions with actual code and maintenance, but wouldn't the
> right way to do this that you & whoever is interested in this module take
> the maintenance itself? How to handle this in terms of WebKit & Qt Project
> reviewers/approvers/**maintainers?
> Simon Hausmann appears as the one and only "QtWebkit" maintainer at
> http://wiki.qt-project.org/**Maintainers<http://wiki.qt-project.org/Maintainers>but during the Qt 5 alpha development phase there was a split between "Qt
> Webkit" (based on WebKit2) and Qt Webkit Widgets. Is Qt WebKit Widget still
> under Simon's scope or is it effectively unmaintained now?
> For what is worth the KDE project is not the only one hoping to have Qt
> WebKit Widgets well maintained now and in the future. We are hearing many
> companies with the same concern. A KDE centric initiative is better than no
> initiative but of course the best approach would be a Qt Project
> initiative.  :)
> --
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Great initiative Andrea ! :)

I'd just like to get things straight here, before anybody else starts
freaking out, so feel free to correct me if I misunderstood anything.

I think what Andrea is planning to do here is simply/roughly to get an
unofficial QtWebKit 2.3 branch out there that could be used against Qt 4.8.
Clearly it would be catering mostly for the needs of KDE, so I don't really
expect him to make it work on say Symbian. That'd allow KDE appss relying
on webkit to benefit from the changes that made it into trunk after 2.2 was
branched, such as Lindsay's work to get spell checking working [1].

I don't think there's any will to "fork" anything here, and I expect to see
patches on bugs.webkit.org if some bugs that require getting fixed there
are stumbled upon in the process.

I don't believe there is any intention of developing new APIs in WebKit1
either, so maybe the wording was confusing but I think the intent is solely
to bring an update out there for people who don't want to run WebKit trunk
in apps they use everyday. I think in practice it's a nice way of bridging
the time gap between what came with Qt 4.8 and what will be in Qt 5 which,
for a fast moving project such as WebKit, is quite a big one IMO.

[1] https://bugs.webkit.org/show_bug.cgi?id=44114

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