WebKitGTK+ 2.2 Release Brings Exciting Features
Written by Michael Larabel in GNOME on 27 September 2013 at 10:45 AM EDT. 1 Comment
To accompany the GNOME 3.10 release, WebKitGTK+ 2.2.0 was released on Friday. This update to the GNOME version of the WebKit web rendering engine is quite an exciting update with numerous new features.

A big feature of WebKitGTK+ 2.2.0 is initial support for Wayland when compiled with GTK+ 3.10, but not all Wayland functionality is implemented yet, but it's enough to get running under a Weston compositor while even supporting WebGL on Wayland.

Another win for WebKitGTK+ 2.2 is hardware-accelerated video compositing by using GStreamer with OpenGL acceleration. WebKitGTK+ also has a new web inspector that was contributed to upstream WebKit courtesy of Apple.

Other changes include supporting custom JavaScript code injection, improved accessibility support with WebKit2, new API additions, and many bug-fixes.

More details can be found by the webkit-gtk announcement. Besides WebKitGTK+ having a demo browser/application, this GNOME component is used by the Epiphany web-browser, the Midori web-browser, the OLPC project, the Evolution email client, Gwibber, and many other applications.

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