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Re: SimpleWebKit (was GNUstep Web browser (was Re: WebKit Bounty))

From: Helge Hess
Subject: Re: SimpleWebKit (was GNUstep Web browser (was Re: WebKit Bounty))
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2007 16:40:21 +0100

On Mar 23, 2007, at 15:31, Mark Rowe wrote:
Gecko, IE, and WebKit all have commercial backing. KHTML, prior to Apple's involvement, had a very insubstantial market share and suffered from one of the problems I alluded to earlier: great standards support, but poor real-world compatibility.

I suppose nobody questions that, its just that the goals are different. Apparently Nikolaus just wants to build a browser with great standards support (maybe thats why its named *Simple* WebKit?). So why bother him? ;-)

The only thing I'm a bit concerned about is how the two implementations would live side by side if SimpleWebKit directly implements WebKit classes instead of using a separate class hierarchy which is then somehow mapped to the WebKit classes.
To bad we don't have namespaces in ObjC ;-)

How do you know before you have done it? Can you predict the future?
And has the pure number of developers ever been an indicator for
project success?
You don't know, but the web isn't going to sit still for the next two or three years while a fledgling browser catches up. The Internet is becoming a central part of the computer experience, and many new technologies are being introduced to meet needs as the arise. Keeping up with the start of the art takes work.

As a matter of fact a cleanroom implementation of those "many new technologies" is quite often much faster to implement than tweaking 10..15 year old, aging C++ code which needs to be super-cautions wrt changes.

Well, thats a rather stupid discussion, no? Why not stop it? ;-) I'm quite interested in what Nikolaus comes up with, though I also doubt it will be useful for *me* personally. Well, even if just a small JavaScript ObjC interpreter comes out of this, it would be a very cool and useful thing! :-)

Helge Hess

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