Source Code Isn’t A Standard

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October 8, 2009, 11:19 am

Savio Rodrigues just wrote about a colleague testing a bunch of browsers based on the open source WebKit rendering engine. To his dismay, “no two are exactly the same”. Or, as he put it, “A WebKit-based browser is, well, whatever the vendor wants it to be.”

If you take a bunch of different applications that all implement WebKit, you would expect them to render the same things the same ways, but the evidence proves otherwise. My take-away from this little discovery could be summed up like so: Source code isn’t a standard…

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