Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 22nd Jun 2009 10:45 UTC
BeOS & Derivatives With Google Summer of Code underway for the Haiku project, the first results start coming in. The most exciting so far is the work being done on a native multi-process WebKit browser, worked on by Ryan Leavengood and GSoC student Maxime Simon. They've got an interface, and they've got most of WebKit to build.
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RE[2]: What is a 'native browser'?
by jjezabek on Tue 23rd Jun 2009 11:07 UTC in reply to "RE: What is a 'native browser'?"
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First of all - my initial post was a bit to inflammatory, sorry about that.

No, English has many different definitions of words. Its not be used incorrectly, nor is that obscure of usage. Any "technical" person should have no trouble understanding the context the word is used in.

That's true, and not only with English. But the problem is that a word with a precise meaning in this context (native ~ running without run-time translation) gets other unrelated meanings. Obviously this makes things harder to understand.
In this case you're right - most browsers are compiled to machine code for speed anyway (that's also true for Mozilla, regardless of XUL), so one can figure out that 'native' needs to mean something else here. But the problem can get more complicated. For example - is Tomboy 'native'? After all it's part of the GNOME project, uses a typical UI, is well integrated. Quoting BluenoseJake:
It might mean that it has been written specifically for Haiku, or that it uses Haiku's default graphics toolkit

Bingo. That's why "native" fits in this context.

So you could say that Tomboy is as native as it gets. But then it's also not native - it requires a CLR and thus it is not even available for all of the platforms supported by GNOME. Don't you agree that the word 'native' can cause confusion here?
Btw. it seems that there are no major 'native' Windows browsers. Firefox/Seamonkey use their own theming engines, same for Opera and Chrome. IE uses custom widgets starting with at least version 4 (resizable toolbars). The most 'native' browser seems to be K-meleon, and that also seems to have changed lately. But honestly: how many Windows users care about K-Meleon? ;)

Edited 2009-06-23 11:09 UTC

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