Improving kdewebkit/webkitpart [Was: KDE Browser work team]

Urs Wolfer uwolfer at
Sun Aug 2 11:12:35 BST 2009

On Sunday 02 August 2009 06:11:49 Dawit A. wrote:
> Now that I have committed my changes, I thought I outline here some of the
> small progress I have made so far in advancing kdewebkit/webkitpart one
> step towards being a viable alternative browsing engine for Konqueror and
> other browsers that want to make use of it. Instead of rehash or debating
> again the virtues of Konqueror as a web browser or whether or not it is
> possible to properly to even integrate the webkitpart into konqueror fully
> using the current configuration settings/dialogs, I rather outline what is
> currently done and what is missing or needs help and encourage people to
> either contribute or test it out and provide feedback:
> What is already completed:
> =================
> ** Full KCookiejar integration and by full I mean complete. You can use the
> current cookie config dialog to set your policy/settings etc...
> ** Visual notification of SSL sites in konqueror's address bar. (security
> pad lock icon)
> ** Configuration changes no longer require restart of the browser.
> ** Nice error messages like ones shown in KHTML when an error is
> encountered. Actually the message formatting code was borrowed from KHTML.
> What is partially done:
> ==============
> ** Ad filterting support:
>   Needs a whole lot of improvements though it now works fine so long as the
> settings are properly configured.
> ** Javascript Window policies (open, move, resize, focus, status bar).
>   Still missing the implementation for "Ask" condition when a javascript
> open new window is received.
> ** Almost all Konqueror settings should be honored when using the kdewebkit
> part with minor exceptions listed here. What is not tested is Java
> integration because I have no use/need for them...
> What is still missing:
> =============
> ** nsplugin support:
>    The one included with QtWebKit works fine but causes the browser (read:
> Konqueror) to crash the minute you navigate away from the site embedding
> the plugin.
>    The KDE nspluginviewer part correctly gets embeded and does not crash
> (at least not for me), but the minute you click to start play, it renders
> your mouse useless and does not play the video. Have to use the keyboard to
> kill the nsplugviewer process...
> ** kwallet integration:
>   Dunno where to being...
> ** WebKitSettings:
>   This class needs to be re-done so that it is flexiable enough to allow
> application to use their own configuration settings much like how one can
> set the own implementation of a cookiejar, cache etc in QNetworkManager.
> My hope here is that this work demonstrate that the task of integrating
> kdewebkit into Konqueror as an alternate rendering engine is not such a
> monumental task. In fact were it not for some tricky issues it is down
> right trivial once one gets a hang of how QtWebKit and and to some extent
> KParts work. Now if only someone can tell me why ksslinfodialog.h is not
> installed by default...

Hi Dawit

Thank you very much for the work on kdewebkit! :) Your recent work looks 

Do you know about the KDE WebKit mailinglist (CCed in this mail)? That would 
be the best place to discuss development stuff. I suggest you to subscribe 
there if you not already have done so [1].

I would also appreciate if you could update the TODO list on the TechBase wiki 
page [2].

Btw, one other important issue to fix is the Konqueror history feature; read 
more in point #2 of a mail I have written to the KDE WebKit ml some time ago 

Since you know KIO quite well, I also would like if you could look into the 
GMail-breaking issue [4]. I have done quite a lot of investigation threre, but 
without success.


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