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Comment: Re:Who cares about Apple's browser? (Score 1) 640

by bdash (#28566411) Attached to: Browser Vendors Force W3C To Scrap HTML 5 Codecs
That's not an accurate way of looking at it. WebKit has no support for video codecs, period. WebKit delegates media decoding to the underlying platform, much like it does with image decoding. The WebKit tree (at supports three different media backends: QuickTime for Mac and Windows, GStreamer for GTK+, and Phonon for Qt. Both QuickTime and GStreamer have pluggable codec support, and WebKit-using applications will load any video that it has codec support for.

Comment: Re:LLVM strikes again. (Score 1) 191

by bdash (#27384391) Attached to: Experimental MacRuby Branch Is 3x Faster

What the hell do you think WebKit will use to be built? LLVM.

Err, what? WebKit is compiled with GCC on Mac OS X (4.0 on Tiger, 4.2 on Leopard), and Visual C++ on Windows. Compiling WebKit with llvm-gcc is possible, but I'd only recommend it if you want something that's slower and takes longer to compile.

It's likely that the grandparent is referring to the SquirrelFish Extreme (AKA Nitro) JavaScript engine developed by Apple for WebKit.

Comment: Re:How does firefox maintain competitive advantage (Score 4, Informative) 465

by bdash (#26977311) Attached to: Safari 4 Released, Claimed "30 Times Faster Than IE7"

As a developer working on WebKit, this is completely wrong and more than a little insulting.

The versions of WebKit included with Safari releases are built directly from the public tree. There is no secret version of WebKit that Apple fixes bugs in for Safari releases before eventually landing the changes in the WebKit tree. The WebKit tree is Apple's official WebKit tree, and is where all of Apple's development on WebKit for Mac OS X and Windows takes place.

For sake of reference contains the exact source code of WebKit that was built and released as Safari 4 Public Beta earlier today. There are no secret changes in the version of WebKit that Apple shipped. The changes are all there in the open for the world to see.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.