KDE browser work team

Aaron J. Seigo aseigo at kde.org
Thu Jul 2 22:37:17 BST 2009

On Wednesday 01 July 2009, Harri Porten wrote:
> Why suppress the freedom of the people writing the code for the Remember
> The Milk plamoid then?

i reject the formation of your question in terms of freedom suppression. let's 
keep this discussion about the facts, and here are the facts regarding that 
email you linked to:

* the context of that email is the Plasma desktop shell
* use of  KHTML currently results in instability there due to crashes in KHTML 
when used there
* using KHTML means loading two whole web rendering stacks (the other being 
WebKit) into memory; that's a little sub-optimal, wouldn't you say?

now, RTM needs to use KHTML right now because:

* QtWebKit does not yet offer DOM API and there is no WebKit <-> KIO 
integration (e.g. via the cookiejar) that it needs for its html authentication 
(which just displays part of a web page directly)

until QtWebKit gets DOM API and we have KDE integration for it, RTM will 
almost certainly continue to use KHTML. no freedom  suppression there, it's 
the pragmatic but in some ways suboptimal solution for this particular context 

Aaron J. Seigo
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