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Google to stop using WebKit and switch to "Blink"

     
7:22 am on Apr 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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http://blog.chromium.org/2013/04/blink-rendering-engine-for-chromium.html [blog.chromium.org]
Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project

WebKit is a lightweight yet powerful rendering engine that emerged out of KHTML in 2001. Its flexibility, performance and thoughtful design made it the obvious choice for Chromium's rendering engine back when we started. Thanks to the hard work by all in the community, WebKit has thrived and kept pace with the web platform’s growing capabilities since then.

However, Chromium uses a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers, and supporting multiple architectures over the years has led to increasing complexity for both the WebKit and Chromium projects. This has slowed down the collective pace of innovation - so today, we are introducing Blink, a new open source rendering engine based on WebKit.
5:27 pm on Apr 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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It shouldn't matter to web developers --- I'm sure no big corporation would do anything in a browser unless it was standards compliant... after all that's what standards are for.
8:57 pm on Apr 4, 2013 (gmt 0)

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You forgot the <fe>markup</fe> ;)
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If we're lucky they play nice and use and it's just a branch that continues to use the key elements of webkit and can continue to be updated simultaneously to maintain consistency.

If not, it's going to eventually devolve into a mess unless Blink becomes the webkit replacement which IMO would be the prevailing conventional wisdom except the Appleheads will most likely keep going to the beat of their own drummer which has been historically the case.

Bottom line, I see divergence and incompatibility coming soon to a web browser near you.
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Looks like I won't be able to test with Webkit anymore, on my Windows machines.
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Looks like I won't be able to test with Webkit anymore, on my Windows machines.


What about Opera, don't they use webkit now?
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Opera confirms it will follow Google and ditch WebKit for Blink - Opera Browser Usage and Support forum:
http://www.webmasterworld.com/opera_browser/4561224.htm [webmasterworld.com]
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Does this matter to the average user?
6:18 pm on Apr 5, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Looks like I won't be able to test with Webkit anymore, on my Windows machines.


Opera had a mental breakdown and are ditching their own Presto rendering engine and switching to WebKit. Besides, there are a multitude of browsers that use WebKit besides the base browsers. I recommend getting familiar with Wikipedia's concept of "see a comparison of..." pages. ...or they'll use Blink?

If there is one positive thing coming out of this it's the realization that multi-threading is important. I can't wait to buy a 4GHz octcore!

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ditching their own Presto rendering engine and switching to WebKit

They were switching to WebKit, but have since confirmed they are switching to Blink.
12:51 am on Apr 6, 2013 (gmt 0)

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If we could just get MS to Blink... ;)
9:14 pm on Apr 10, 2013 (gmt 0)

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Its a fork of webkit, which is a fork of KHTML.

Opera are not just switching to Webkit, they are switching to Chromium according to the announcement I read: i.e. Opera will be a customised version of Chromium.

Do any of the other Webkit based browsers use a multi-process architecture? If not, they will stick to Webkit. The whole point of the fork is to avoid supporting two architectures.

Looks like I won't be able to test with Webkit anymore, on my Windows machines


There are lots of Webkit based browsers, and a good many that run on Windows.