Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Apr 2013 16:59 UTC
Internet & Networking Peter Bright has summarised some of the post-fork discussions on the WebKit mailinglists. "Now that Google is going its own way and developing its rendering engine independently of the WebKit project, both sides of the split are starting the work of removing all the things they don't actually need. This is already causing some tensions among WebKit users and Web developers, as it could lead to the removal of technology that they use or technology that is in the process of being standardized. This is leading some to question whether Apple is willing or able to fill in the gaps that Google has left." There's a clear winner and loser here.
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RE[3]: Different question?
by phoudoin on Tue 9th Apr 2013 10:29 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Different question?"
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The example you are referencing is only in Chromium. It's recent, beta code of a beta feature. Apple is not responsible for supporting this code. Intimating that it is is nonsense. Safari (on desktop and mobile) has always been competitive and a good exemplar of a browser provider in supporting and improving CSS (both when it led and when it followed in supporting new standards).

Yes, it had *because* the engine behind was the same: webkit.

Now that pretty much all WebKit contributors but Apple are shifting elsewhere/leaving it, nobody will keep WebKit moving forward supporting and improving its feature sets if Apple don't step in.
And if the graph shows something, it's that up to 50% of last one or two years's improvements made on webkit was not from Apple.

They lost half of the horse power behind the web engine powering internet user experience on their products and, worse, the half one that was working for free, as in speech *and* beer - from Apple's PoV.
That's the price for trademarking "webkit".
Nice job, Cupertino's guys.

Now, put your money where your mouth is: webkit is now *yours*. Only *yours*.
Enjoy it or abandon it, I really can't care less.

Edited 2013-04-09 10:33 UTC

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