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Chrome Dumps Webkit

Words. They fail me. Chrome changes the game again, and I’m not sure how I feel.

Chromium, the machine behind Chrome, has dumped Webkit.

This speaks for us all:


I’m not sure what’s going viral first, that gif or a ‘Don’t blink’ joke that someone has yet to make up. Oh, the new system is called Blink, and it’s open source.

We know that the introduction of a new rendering engine can have significant implications for the web. Nevertheless, we believe that having multiple rendering engines—similar to having multiple browsers—will spur innovation and over time improve the health of the entire open web ecosystem.

Don't BlinkYes, this means we all get to use even more browsers to make sure our sites look okay on all of them. Again. Thanks. And while they say it’s ‘based on’ webkit, that’s about as ‘related to’ as when Law & Order would say ‘The following episode is based on a true story, only names have been changed…’

This prompted my coworker Shredder to opine “Are Google and Mozilla late-april-fooling us?”

Did you miss the Mozilla/Samsung partnership? Or maybe you didn’t notice that Opera moved too Webkit in February. No wait! OPERA SWITCHES TO BLINK

Okay, Rarst is right: They’re out to screw over Apple.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait to see the new ways in which my sites break!

5 replies on “Chrome Dumps Webkit”

I think this is a good thing. I always found it a bit odd that Webkit included all that other junk. I always assumed that Chrome just ditched that code and didn’t compile it into their browser, but it seems I was wrong on that front.

I don’t think they can drive it to be better. They need to do something different. I heard some Opera developers complaining about this situation recently, as they were having to pile a bunch of unneeded stuff into their software due to using Webkit.

The freakout is random and undirected. What changes now? Weren’t you gonna test in Safari and Chrome anyway? And hey, now you’ll be able to actually support Opera instead of pretending it doesn’t exist and hoping nobody who visits your site uses Opera.

There’s a difference between freaking out and grousing. For me this was more along the lines of grousing, and finding it hilarious that to get to ‘standards’ we create more diversity.

Do I test in Safari, Chrome, Opera, Firefox and IE? Yes. Of course.

Do I like the fact that there are odd quirks and I’m going to have to learn how to adjust for a whole new set with Blink and the various ways it’ll be implemented in the different browsers? Fuck no. And THAT is what I grouse about.

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