[Development] Assistant WebKit/WebEngine support

Alberto Mardegan mardy at users.sourceforge.net
Thu Jun 27 07:47:07 CEST 2019

On 27/06/19 04:47, Lars Knoll wrote:
> Yes, Webengine uses some memory. But is that really a problem on developer machines?

Yes. The more RAM you use for surfing documentation, the less RAM you
have for building. I have 16 GB of RAM, and sometimes I have to close
Chromium away (yes, I know, my fault, I should use a more lightweight
browser!). Doing the same with QtCreator (which I only use for browsing
documentation, not for actual development) would be quite troublesome.

IMHO a better question would be: are the costs of using QtWebEngine
worth the benefits?

> People propose adding functionality to QTextBrowser instead. I do not thing that’s a viable solution (we’ve tried that in the past and our technical writers hit the next issue some weeks/months later). The problem is not that one could not add support for one or two new features to QTextBrowser, it is that we do not know what features we will need in our docs in the future. 

We can switch to something else in the future; switching to QtWebEngine
is easy.
But in the meantime, all improvement made to QTextBrowser (or any
development done on a new lightweight HTML view component) will be a
great benefit to the Qt developer community: many applications could
benefit from with, typically for showing inline docs.


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