Qt WebKit Looks To Be Making A Comeback
Written by Michael Larabel in Qt on 12 June 2016 at 08:13 AM EDT. 25 Comments
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Within the upstream Qt tool-kit, the WebKit module was dropped in favor of Qt WebEngine that's powered by Google's Chromium "Blink" engine. While Qt WebEngine is still working out well for new development projects, it looks like Qt WebKit is being worked on for a revival.

Konstantin Tokarev has been working on reviving QtWebKit and update this browser layout engine against the current WebKit.org upstream state. This new module doesn't yet have feature parity to the old code, but it's getting there while also bringing many new features and offering binary compatibility to QtWebKit 5.6.

Over the past week has been a long discussion thread on the revival of Qt WebKit and its possible future inclusion within the Qt Project. There is interest around this WebKit module, but some disagreement over the name and whether it should be called something different to avoid confusion with the former module: among the options being looked at for the name are WebKitQt and QtWebKit-NG. So if your project has been dependent upon Qt WebKit and you haven't yet ported over to Qt WebEngine, you may want to check out the link above.
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