CNET Opines on Apple's Choice of KHTML

Tuesday January 14th, 2003

CNET has an article about Apple's choice of KHTML over Gecko for its Safari browser. Featuring a variety of quotes from many high profile figures, the article goes as far as to call the decision a "snub" — a claim that Apple's spokesperson refuses to corroborate.

Update! Mike Shaver isn't too happy about being quoted out of context and Chris Blizzard also has some choice words about the article. MozillaZine founder Chris Nelson isn't quite so subtle. There's also a discussion at Slashdot.

#70 Re: Introspective...

by robdogg

Wednesday January 15th, 2003 2:06 PM

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You are not a developer, are you?

>>Apple decided that they wanted to go with a platform-specific solution.

The only thing they borrowed is KHTML, which is an rendering engine, nothing less, nothing more. The only thing that binds it to KDE is the QT widget rendering, which can (and has been) easily replaced because it is a separate layer. So to say that KHTML was chosen because Apple wanted a platform-specific solution is uninformed at best. KHTML is probably present on as many platforms as Moz: Linux, Mac, *BSD, Windows (through Cygwin, but so what), AtheOS, Unixes of all sorts, etc... It is obvious that they wanted a smaller footprint, fast startup time and, maybe, not having to compete with Netscape and Mozilla using the same engine.

Just in the same manner Gecko is just a rendering engine. Contrary to popular opinion, it doesn't include XUL and several other 3 letter acronyms that are being thrown around here.