Surfin' Safari

WebKit in the News

Posted by Maciej Stachowiak on Tuesday, November 13th, 2007 at 5:49 pm

Google’s Android announcement (see post below) has led to a new round of stories about WebKit in the blogosphere. Om Malik writes about The Amazing Rise of WebKit Mobile. Jason Delport echoes his sentiment in a piece titled The Rise of the WebKit Browser. Ajaxian refers to Another WebKit win with Android. And John Gordon rescinds his former WebKit pessimism to admit, Safari: Ok, you win.

It’s worth noting that WebKit porting efforts are heating up. In the mobile space we already have WebKit in two product lines: Apple’s iPhone and Nokia’s S60 platform. In addition, the Qt port will be included in Qt 4.4, including the Qtopia mobile platform.

The Gtk+ port has been used to build mobile browsers for the Maemo and OpenMoko platforms. It is also available experimentally as a backend for GNOME’s Epiphany web browser.

Other ports and products in various stages of progress include the Origyn Web Browser, a sort of meta-port for various consumer electronics platforms, Wake3′s port to Windows CE, Adobe AIR, the Haiku operating system, wxWidgets and more.

And of course there are the many browsers and other applications using WebKit.

It’s exciting to see WebKit going more and more places, and get acknowledgement in the press for the community’s success in building a world class browser engine.

4 Responses to “WebKit in the News”

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  2. ain Says:

    That’s what the LGPL licencing model does to a software.

    WebKit’s innovation has been outstanding. All the CSS improvements are on the edge.

  3. Donald Kirker Says:

    I am still working on a PalmOS port. Almost gave it up, but with the Android announcement I have become even more motivated. :)

  4. rbiggs Says:

    First of all, I’m quite impressed with the advances Safari has made. As a developer my biggest concern is find explicit documentation for the JavaScript engine. Is is JavaScript 1.5, 1.6, 1.7, 1.8? Are you going to implement JavaScript 2.0 (ECMAScript Edition 4)? Everytime I Google Safari’s JavaScript engine I come up with vague information. In contrast, at Mozilla I can find specific information about they JavaScript engine. There doesn’t seem to be any place they details the methods and objects that Webkit’s JavaScript engine exposes to use for Web development. I am aware of the page http://webkit.org/docs/hierarchy.html. However, that page is of little use to someone interested in using Webkit’s JavaScript methods. Is there any documentation about what you are making available?

    Also I’m curious to know if you would be implementing support in Safari for other scripting languages (Python/Ruby) they way the Mozillla and Microsoft (with Silverlight) are doing.