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More on WebKit Qt

Two days ago Lars and I sat down and did the initial implementation of classes which will represent the public API for the Qt/KDE version of WebKit. In KHTML almost everything has been handled by KHTMLPart. We'd like to avoid having one huge object that does everything this time so we went with similar abstraction to the one present in WebCore - meaning Page/Frame distinction. The top level classes are now: QWebPage which represents (surprise - a web page) and QWebFrame which is (another shocking discovery) a frame (remember that a page can have multiple frames).

It's pretty interesting what one can do with it. Me being me (aka. weird) had to try to do something visually funky so I made our test browser have a transparent overlay progress loader that is hidden when nothing is being loaded and made the pages render in grayscale until they are fully loaded, so a loading page looks like:And before someone complains - no this won't be a default and won't even be included in WebKit by default, it's just to give people a rough idea what one can do with this framework (and yes, the filter that I did for it messes up fonts but I just didn't even bother to make it flawless) Or more precisely I wanted to make sure one can do anything. Here's another example with webpage rotated a little bit (this time without grayscale filter on it) :
So, yeah, I think you'll be able to do a lot of new and pretty exciting things with WebKit once KDE 4 hits the streets.


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