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Brian Weinstein is now a WebKit reviewer!

March 15th, 2011

Over the last year and a half, Brian Weinstein has been doin thangs around the WebKit project with abandon. He’s made improvements to the Web Inspector, implemented gestures support on Windows 7, fixed regression tests, improved our test harness, and designed and implemented new APIs for WebKit2. Now he’s going to start sharing his magic…

Benjamin Poulain is now a WebKit reviewer!

March 3rd, 2011

Benjamin is one of the most active QtWebKit contributors. Over the last year and a half, he’s been making bug fixes and performance improvements in the Qt port layer, as well as the layout and rendering layer. He usually has good feedback on almost anything, and I look forward to having him review our patches. Please…

User Experiences – Listen, Learn, Refine

February 15th, 2011

Your feedback is an essential part of how we refine the user experience for the final product. The IE9 beta reached millions of users around the world (over 25 million downloads), and we received a lot of feedback – a total of over 17,000 pieces of feedback since the start of IE9. The extensive reach…

February 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer Now Available

February 9th, 2011

The February 2011 Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer is now available via Windows Update. This security update resolves two privately reported vulnerabilities and two publicly disclosed vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer. The vulnerabilities could allow remote code execution if a user views a specially crafted Web page using Internet Explorer or if a user opens…

Layout Tests: Practice

January 28th, 2011

The previous post described the main testing mechanism of WebKit: layout tests. While it’s a (deceptively) simple yet powerful system, it’s not without its limitations. This post attempts to list some of the issues and areas for improvement. Golden (expected) files Each test has one or more “expected” output text or image files checked in…

Layout Tests: Theory

January 27th, 2011

When I began WebKit development, one of the things that I was curious about was how testing is handled. Having been a web developer, I was aware of both how many bugs browser rendering engines can have (though things are certainly getting better), and how increasingly complex web pages are pushing those engines more and…

Tony Gentilcore is now a WebKit reviewer!

January 14th, 2011

Tony cut his teeth in the WebKit community by contributing in the effort to bring the HTML5 parsing algorithm to WebKit. He went on to add support for deferred and asynchronous script execution and has been instrumental in adding Web Timing support. Tony continues to be interested in optimizations and features which speed up the…

CSS3 Gradients

January 14th, 2011

Introduction WebKit paved the way for gradients in CSS by adding support for -webkit-gradient back in early 2008, and they’ve become widely used since their introduction. Over the past several months, the CSS Working Group has had extended discussions about making the gradient syntax easier to use, and recently Tab Atkins included a proposal in…

Mihai Parparita is now a WebKit reviewer!

January 6th, 2011

Please join me in welcoming Mihai as a new WebKit reviewer. Mihai joined WebKit in the summer of 2010 and has since been making contributions to the history system, layout tests and their harness, and small bugs all over the place. Given his experiences, he has things to say about layout tests, and I look…

Ryosuke Niwa is now a WebKit reviewer!

December 23rd, 2010

Please join me in welcoming Ryosuke as a new WebKit reviewer. Ryosuke joined WebKit in the summer of 2009 and has since been making great contributions to the HTML Editing code. Now, some 230 patches later, Ryosuke is one of the leading experts on WebKit’s HTML editing! We congratulate him today on becoming our latest…