Is it wrong to think of a rendering engine as sexy? Apple employees have announced that there is a new version of WebKit called “WebKit2.” This new version of the popular rendering engine will take the concept of a split-process model that Google Chrome pioneered, but will implement it at a lower level. Now all WebKit based browsers (Safari, Stainless, Chrome, etc.) will be able to take advantage of this great technology.

Here is what Anders Carlsson and Sam Weinig had to say on the Webkit Development mailing list:

This is a heads-up that we will shortly start landing patches for a new WebKit framework that we at Apple have been working on for a while. We currently call this new framework “WebKit2”.

WebKit2 is designed from the ground up to support a split process model, where the web content (JavaScript, HTML, layout, etc) lives in a separate process. This model is similar to what Google Chrome offers, with the major difference being that we have built the process split model directly into the framework, allowing other clients to use it.

If you’d like to read up on it, there is some documentation on their Trac wiki.

I am extremely excited to see this implemented in Safari. Stability and speed are what make a good web browser great. What do you think? LEt us know by commenting on this post or hitting me up on Twitter.

Article Via: AppleInsider
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