Google forks WebKit with new Blink rendering engine for Chrome


Big news for the web today: Google has announced that it’s going to stop using the WebKit as the rendering engine that’s behind displaying web pages in Chrome. Instead, it’s forking WebKit to create its own rendering engine, called “Blink.” The move, Google says, is to speed up development on Chrome thanks to reducing complexity. Chrome uses some slightly different processes for making web pages load (a” multi-process architecture,” which helps keep your other tabs running when a web page crashes), and trying to mesh its technical setup with the rest of WebKit — most well known as Apple’s rendering engine on Safari — was apparently making things more complicated than they needed to be.

What does this mean for the larger web? That…

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