WebKitGTK+ 2.2.0: It shines and doesn’t blink
With a bit of delay but we have finally released a new stable version of WebKitGTK+. This is the first stable release after the major 2.0 release. It mainly contains a lot of bug fixes and a few important new futures and API additions.
New Web Inspector
WebKitGTK+ now uses the new Web Inspector recently opensourced and upstreamed by Apple. We took advantage of the migration to improve the way inspector resources are distributed by compiling them in the WebKitGTK+ library as GResources. This means that resources are now always available without having to run make install or set environment variables.
Initial Wayland support
WebKitGTK+ 2.2 can be built with Wayland target if it’s available (it requires GTK+ 3.10 compiled with Wayland support). Not everything is fully supported yet, but the WebKit layout tests can be run under the Weston compositor and WebGL content works under Wayland displays too. There’s more detailed information in Žan Doberšek’s blog.
Video accelerated compositing support
When accelerated compositing is enabled, the GStreamer media player can play videos using OpenGL. You can find more details in Víctor’s blog.
Improved accessibility support in WebKit2
Accessibility support in WebKit2 has been reworked to not depend on pango and gail, which resulted in several bugs fixed and a much better accessibility support. Check Mario’s blog for all the details.
WebKitAuthenticationRequest: This is a new object used by the new
WebKitWebView::authenticatesignal, that allows to implement a custom authentication mechanism (instead of the embedded dialog used by default) or simply disable HTTPS authentication entirely.
webkit_uri_scheme_request_finish_error(): This new method makes it possible to finish a load of a custom URI scheme request with an error.
WebKitSettings: enable-accelerated-2d-canvas and enable-write-console-messages-to-stdout.