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The unforking of KDE's KHTML and Webkit

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There is one major web rendering engine that grew entirely out of the open source world: KHTML is KDE's web renderer which was built from the ground up by the open source community with very little original corporate backing. The code was good and branches were born as a result, the best known being Webkit. Now, after years of split, KHTML and Webkit are coming together once again.

KHTML was introduced to the world as part of KDE 2.0, a milestone release within the KDE community that included Konqueror, KDE's integrated KHTML-powered web browser and file manager. It was launched in a time when Netscape was failing, and the Mozilla Foundation was still struggling to build a community around the released Netscape source code. At the time, the rendering was decent for 90% of all HTML you could throw at it, but had limited support for JavaScript and other features that were emerging at the time. A good first start, though, which did not go unnoticed by the software world at large.

One of the first projects to pick up KHTML for use outside of KDE was AtheOS (now known as Syllable), which abstracted KHTML to produce their own web browser, known as Abrowse.

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Situation around KHTML and WebKit finally settled

As it was now revealed the situation around KHTML and WebKit is settled. KDE will focus on integrating WebKit into the system while also implementing all yet missing KHTML features into WebKit.

"While there are still a few reservations, the consensus is to develop a Webkit KPart for embedding into Konqueror at the earliest opportunity and to take a more active role in the development of Webkit itself."

full story @ /home/liquidat.

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