Our good friend PPK has some thoughts on the news that Google will be using a new rendering engine for Chromium called Blink. Blink is a fork of WebKit, so there’s no fear that major rendering changes are going to take place in the near future, but it’s something we should all be paying attention to as Blink starts to forge its own path.
Some of the details we noticed in PPK’s post:
- Google wasn’t happy with the Apple-driven focus of WebKit development.
- Opera will be using Blink as well.
- Blink’s UA string isn’t changing, at least for now.
- Blink won’t be adding new prefixes; it will maintain the existing
-webkit-prefixes until they’re ready to be phased out.
- You can visit the Chromium Feature Dashboard to keep track of Blink development.
With all the development resources Google will be pulling off of WebKit to work on Blink, WebKit is going to have some scrambling of its own to do, but PPK is generally optimistic about this turn of events. Read his entire post over at QuirksMode.