Originally Posted by lightknight
That would be a sad day, in my humble opinion.
Not going to happen as long as Firefox has the market share to matter (currently hovering around 20%). If google pulls the plug, you dont think Microsoft wouldnt jump at any chance to push bing and try and screw google?
All these people who support webkit to the exclusion of all else have very little context.
It is very bad if webkit becomes the defacto standard. Reasons:
1) Its bugs and quirks will become the norm
2) Web developers wont bother to code towards standards but towards webkit
3) Apple is not particularly to allow the web to compete with its native applications (no WebRTC because it competes with Facetime)
4) Webkit is not future proof
---> Modern rendering engines from Trident to Gecko to Webkit are NOT going to survive the transition to massively parallel
---> Sure webkit has mitigated this for now, but I doubt you would see much difference between using 64 cpu cores and 256 cpu cores. How long will it take use to get there? 10 years? 20? But fundamentally, separate processes are only a stopgap solution.
---> Mozilla is already building another engine (servo) for this exact purpose and you can bet that MS, Apple and Google are all doing the same exact thing. These wont adhere to webkit quirks at all but will be build from the actual standards (which is far far easier) and will have quirks of their own.
---> In this future, all webkit centric sites will be worthless! So its much better for all of us to consider the future and not take the lazy way out jumping on the webkit bandwagon.