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GTK+ HTML Back-End Merged For GTK+ 3.2

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Published on 17 March 2011 04:08 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
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In November of last year we talked about an HTML5 back-end to GTK+ that allowed any GTK application to be then run from the web-browser. This work was not merged into GTK+ 3.0, but other work was, such as for supporting multiple GTK+ back-ends. Now though this HTML5 work is in a position to land with GTK+ 3.2.

Alexander Larsson, the GNOME developer behind this work, has commented that he has made some improvements to this HTML5 back-end and has now merged it into the GTK code-base. "Even thought the backend is not of production quality it is now good enough that I think its interesting for a larger audience to play around with."

The HTML5 back-end is called the GNOME Broadway back-end. Right now the back-end is only designed to work with the Mozilla Firefox 4.0 web-browser. There's a demonstration video of this new GTK+ feature below.


GTK+ 3.2 should officially land later in the year with this work and other changes. Read more in this GNOME blog post.

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