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GNOME 3.4: WebKit2 and kinetic scrolling

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The GNOME Project has released GNOME 3.4, the second major release of GNOME 3. A lot of new features, UI improvements and other enhancements are included in this release, as well as important changes in the development platform. You can see all the details in the release notes.

One of the applications that has received a major revamp is Epiphany, the GNOME Web Browser, not only because of the beautiful new interface, but it also has significant improvements in performance and stability. If Epiphany is not your default browser, give it a try when you upgrade to GNOME 3.4. See Xan‘s and Diego‘s blog posts for more details of the new Web Browser.

WebKit2

GNOME 3.4 includes WebKitGTK+ 1.8.0, the first stable release that contains an initial WebKit2 GTK+ API. It’s disabled by default, though, since it’s still a preliminary version, so you need to build with –enable-webkit2 configure option. It’s already possible to try it out with Devhelp 3.4 which can be optionally built with WebKit2 using –with-webkit2 configure option. If the current API is enough to port your application, give it a try and let us know, you can use the webkit2 devhelp branch as a reference. We’ll provide a migration guide soon too.

Kinetic scrolling

GTK+ 3.4 has finally support for kinetic scrolling in GtkScrolledWindow. I’m very happy to know that the work made by Igalia during the GTK+/Meego Handset integration project has helped Carlos Garnacho to properly integrate kinetic scrolling in GTK+.

What’s next?

During the next development cycle, the Igalia WebKit team will continue to focus on making Epiphany even more awesome, with more UI improvements, and of course porting it to WebKit2.

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  1. March 29th, 2012 at 17:45 | #1

    Ok, stupid question: kinetic scrolling means that the scroll motion gradually decays until complete stop, doesn’t it?

    • Carlos Garcia Campos
      March 29th, 2012 at 17:52 | #2

      And that you can press at any point of the ScrolledWindow and drag to start scrolling like touch devices do.

  2. David Nielsen
    July 6th, 2012 at 22:04 | #3

    Sadly your patch to add kinetic scrolling caused at least one regression.

    https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=679232

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