Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 3rd Apr 2013 22:27 UTC
Google It's apparently browser engine day today. After Mozilla and Samsung announcing Servo, Google has just announced it's forking WebKit into Blink. Like WebKit, Blink will be open source, and it will also be used by other browser makers - most prominently, Opera has already announced it's not using WebKit, but Blink. Update: Courtesy of MacRumors, this graph illustrates how just how much Google contributed to WebKit. Much more than I thought. Also, Chrome developer Alex Russell: "To make a better platform faster, you must be able to iterate faster. Steps away from that are steps away from a better platform. Today's WebKit defeats that imperative in ways large and small. It's not anybody's fault, but it does need to change. And changing it will allow us to iterate faster, working through the annealing process that takes a good idea from drawing board to API to refined feature."
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RE[7]: Comment by vtolkov
by Valhalla on Thu 4th Apr 2013 19:32 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by vtolkov"
Valhalla
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2006-01-24


IE is still well over 50% and actually been climbing recently. Lrn2 recognise trends.

So you're actually saying that IE will take back the market share it has lost to Firefox and Chrome?

Yes standards support is part of the experience but it not a conscience choice made by most people when choosing a browser.

It doesn't matter if it's a conscious choice as in 'aha, lots of sites work poorly in this browser because of it's crappy standard support' or simply 'this site works poorly in this browser, it works in the others I've tried', the net result is the same, they will use another browser.

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RE[8]: Comment by vtolkov
by lucas_maximus on Thu 4th Apr 2013 19:40 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by vtolkov"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

So you're actually saying that IE will take back the market share it has lost to Firefox and Chrome?


No I didn't say that, I said it had fought back quite a lot due to the newer IE versions being very good.

I do think that because the new versions are quite good both interface, speed and reliability we will have less people looking for alternatives like they did back when Firefox/Pheonix was initially introduced.

I doubt it will get back to 95%, but claiming IE is losing market share is ridiculous because it isn't any more because they have upped the quality of their browser offering to include the features that most people care about.

It doesn't matter if it's a conscious choice as in 'aha, lots of sites work poorly in this browser because of it's crappy standard support' or simply 'this site works poorly in this browser, it works in the others I've tried', the net result is the same, they will use another browser.


It does matter.

On mobile webkit is king and any browser that isn't Webkit doesn't work. So users use the webkit based browsers (if they change them at all).

If web devs choose to support -webkit hacks and other similar things it won't work say on Window Phone 8 with IE. This is about consumer choice, this is flat out about the web not working.

Standard support has never been important, rendering in the most common browsers has always been most desired. It is foolish to think otherwise.

You are foolish to think otherwise.

Edited 2013-04-04 19:47 UTC

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