[Development] Assistant WebKit/WebEngine support

Eike Ziller Eike.Ziller at qt.io
Fri Jun 28 12:22:44 CEST 2019

> On Jun 28, 2019, at 10:56, Palaraja, Kavindra <KPalaraja at luxoft.com> wrote:
> On 28.06.19, 10:24, "Eike Ziller" <Eike.Ziller at qt.io> wrote:
>> On 27. Jun 2019, at 15:46, Palaraja, Kavindra <KPalaraja at luxoft.com> wrote:
>> On 27.06.19, 10:47, "Development on behalf of Jaroslaw Kobus" <development-bounces at qt-project.org on behalf of Jaroslaw.Kobus at qt.io> wrote:
>> QTextBrowser promises to render rich text - isn’t it what we want for showing help? If QTextBrowser isn’t able to render properly the static help files - what is the other typical usage of it? Why we claim that QTextBrowser is able to do things, which in fact it can't? This doesn't show a fair message to the user, if we - for our purposes - don't use tools which we should.
>> ....
>> OK, if we can't use QTextBrowser, then what are our other options?
> ......
>    Again, I’m not in principle against the above functionality,
>    but I don’t want us to pay the price that is imposed by a full-blown QtWebEngine. If we cannot severely strip that down, that price is much higher than necessary for HTML+CSS, and even for HTML+CSS+JavaScript.
> To clarify, you are not against better functionality in how Creator displays documentation. But:
> * It can't be QTextBrowser, because it's not a full-blown HTML viewer from what I've seen in https://bugreports.qt.io/browse/QTBUG-33336

> * It can't be QtWebEngine, because both you and Andre aren't willing to pay the price

I see some other critical voices in this email thread as well.

> From your response, I'm only gathering two options:

There are other options.
summarizes many of them.
Additionally “strip down QtWebEngine or QtWebKit and support that”.
Or, separating "plain and simple API documentation" to be displayed directly an Qt Creator/Assistant from “fancy tutorials” to be displayed by a browser of the user’s choice.

> 1. Live with it and hope that somehow this will solve itself in the future -- there is no evidence from the past years that this is going to happen. Recall that the ticket we are still debating over is from March 2016.

> 2. Give QtWebEngine at least a try, let the users decide in a BETA phase.

- a tiny percentage of users use Betas
- there already is quite some controversy in this email thread

Br, Eike

> Kavindra.
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