“Back in June 2005, we started the WebKit Open Source Project. Since then, lots of people have gotten involved in the project. Those of us at Apple are grateful for all the work they’ve done and how it will help us with future releases of Safari and WebKit,” Darin Adler, Apple Computer’s Safari and WebKit engineering team manager, writes for the Surfin’ Safari blog.
We’ve received contributions in every area of WebKit. Here are just a few of the improvements made by non-Apple contributors:
• The entire webkit.org infrastructure, including nightly builds and the buildbot.
• Many fixes that were formerly only in KHTML and KJS in the KDE source tree.
• SVG support in WebKit.
• Improved structure of DOM and auto-generated bindings inspired by KDOM.
• Vast text layout and rendering improvements, including excellent right-to-left support.
• A tremendous number of bug fixes that were easy because of reductions, excellent test cases, and pinpointed version numbers for regressions.
Adler writes, “As a thank you, we are giving MacBook Pro computers to twelve of our top contributors. We’ve also invited five of them to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference 2006 ‘on Apple’s dime.'”
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