Iago has written a fantastic blog post explaining his and Dape's work getting WebKitGTK+ and Epiphany to run on top of Wayland. They've even cooked a nice demo! You should check it out if you haven't already, it's hot stuff.
Oh the WebKits! During the past few weeks, thanks to Igalia's collaboration with the good folks at Bloomberg, I have descended from the heights of Epiphany and WebKitGTK+ to the depths of WebCore, that obscure but cleverly assembled part of WebKit that magnificently takes care of the logic inherent to layouting, rendering, and the inner representation of HTML documents. A fascinating aspect of WebCore is that its architecture, completely decoupled from the actual implementation in the different WebKit ports, means that any change to its parts will affect all ports and browsers built upon this marvelous piece of engineering. Let me assure you, dear reader, the challenges this implies are comparable only to the joy it brings to this humble hacker, as the following will reveal!
But with great power comes great responsibility, as the old saying goes. And with great responsibility come bugs, says a more recent variation of the same maxim. And where bugs are to be found, relentless minds work tirelessly in order to ensure that your browsing experience never ceases to improve. This is one of the goals that Igalia, humbly but boldly, pursues with utmost seriousness. And so it has been that I, your humble servant, have spent countless hours mastering my way through the DOM and editing features of WebCore. Bugs have been fixed already — some affecting editing in Windows, others affecting editing in GNU/Linux, and others affecting all platforms equally. More will be fixed in the forthcoming weeks. I can only attempt to share my excitement through these words, for I am unable to express it in a way that would do it justice.
As a side note, I am a committer to the WebKit project for a little while now. This is pretty cool, as it means I get a direct chance to break your browser. Or unbreak it, shall it be the case. I try to lean towards the latter but trust me, it is not an easy task!
The WebKitGTK+ hackfest has been ongoing for the last three days in the Igalia offices in the not-that-rainy city of A Coruña. We're over twenty people here and we've been hacking, discussing, and ranting over whatnot -- all to make sure that your browsing experience in the forthcoming years will be better than it has ever been. Here's a brief summary of what's been going on hitherto:
There is, of course, much more going on and it's hard to keep track of the activity of these brave and energetic hackers. Yours truly has had a hard time distracting them from their relentless hacking in order to compile this report -- rest assured that there is probably much more happening between these four walls than what you have just read here. Nevertheless, we all want to thank the GNOME Foundation and all the sponsors who have made this gathering possible.
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On Friday I landed into Epiphany master the first iteration of a new feature that us the Igalia webkit hackers and the GNOME design team have been collaborating on for a while. We codename this feature the overview but, in its first iteration, you can think more of it as a speed dial for new pages, that will allow you to quickly jump to the pages you frequent more often when opening a new tab or window.
This will certainly be the most prominent new feature of Epiphany in GNOME 3.6, and we believe you'll love it. Personally, I think that this is a huge usability improvement, but I'm much more excited about the possibilities this brings from here on. For 3.8, our plans are more ambitious, but I guess that we will talk more about it when the time is due.
Go backward in time to May 2012.