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Wednesday, 06/25/03

Today Apple released Webkit, the embeddable core of Safari, to developers. It's available through the ADC member site, though possibly only with a seed key for the moment. This means applications like NetNewsWire will be able to plop in an HTML display as good as Safari's, which will be the beneficiary of updates to Safari's rendering support. It's very good news.

It's 1.0, not a preview, and it looks gorgeous. Developers get access to attractive side benefits like Safari's page cache and cookie storage. Webkit even includes new mechanisms for page retrieval, something which existed in Cocoa prior to today, but which never worked well (lots of people spurned Apple's NSURLhandle for Dan Wood's third-party CURLhandle class).

Tom Yager at Infoworld compares Webkit favorably to Microsoft's options for embedding IE. Along similar lines, he espouses some optimistic pie-in-the-sky about how Apple might make PDF sufficiently fast and ubiquitous in the next OS X release that people wouldn't mind using PDF the way it was originally conceived.

That'd be nice, but I'm not holding my breath. In the meantime, Webkit is here today, and it works. I'm going to have to get used to writing its name as "Web kit," which will take some doing. 02:39PM «

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