Re: [dev] surf rewrite for WebKit2GTK

From: F Hssn <>
Date: Sat, 25 Oct 2014 12:41:18 -0500

On Thu, Oct 23, 2014 at 6:54 AM, Quentin Rameau <> wrote:
> Hi, I tried to port surf for the webkit2 (WebKitGTK 2.6 / GTK3), here
> is the code:
> git://
> There will be some bugs, feel free to try it, feedback welcomed.

Noob question (joined the list a couple months ago),

Since surf, uzbl, jumanji etc are minimal browsers in terms of UI's,
is the GTK version of webkit (as opposed to directly using Webkit)
used primarily for providing widget functionality to HTML? (so that
widgets can be embedded in a webpage).

Following suckless's minimal philosophy, I'd be interested to find out
if someone has done analysis on how an even minimal browser could be
developed in terms of SLOC, since webkit (r172694) stands at ~2
million lines, 75% of which is C++, while webkitgtk-1.10.2 is ~1
million, 90% C++. I used cloc. I'm surprised webkitgtk is smaller than
latest webkit.

Furthermore, since webkit is C++, I found (through wikipedia) a
project called netsurf, which is a browser written in C (~0.5 million
total, 50% is C). I wonder if anyone has considered that.

Thanks and regards,
Received on Sat Oct 25 2014 - 19:41:18 CEST

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