[Development] Assistant WebKit/WebEngine support

Cristian Adam cristian.adam at qt.io
Mon Jun 24 15:48:21 CEST 2019

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> From: Development <development-bounces at qt-project.org> On Behalf Of
> Simon Hausmann
> Sent: Monday, 24 June 2019 14:44
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> Subject: Re: [Development] Assistant WebKit/WebEngine support
> I don't quite share the opinion that these are "beastly" numbers for
> desktop machines running C++ development environments. I think that they
> are worth it. In exchange we can show external content like cppreference
> or cmake docs without having to worry about their rendering, we can get
> rid of our separate style sheets and workarounds and we can render the
> Qt documentation the same way as on the website. We can eliminate an
> entire class of problems, and we can still prevent such content from
> accessing remote websites.

CMake[1] and cppreference [2] websites do offer QCH help files for offline browsing in Qt Creator. Setting them up it's the step that probably not so many users are doing.

Would it be possible to have a Qt Webengine Lite, which would include only the functionality needed by QtHelp?

Alternatively one can have something like https://github.com/litehtml/, which seems to have more web support than QTextBrowser, but far away from what a real web browser can support.


[1] https://cmake.org/cmake/help/v3.15/CMake.qch
[2] https://en.cppreference.com/w/File:qch_book_20190607.zip

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