Blink: A rendering engine for the Chromium project


Google just announced it’ll fork Webkit for use with Chrome/Chromium as it has become too difficult to add features to it as Chrome uses quite a different multi-process architecture than other WebKit-based browsers:

When Chromium started, our goal was to change as little of WebKit as possible, easing integration with the WebKit codebase. With Blink we are excited to make large-scale architectural changes to the code, without having to worry about breaking other consumers of WebKit.

When Opera announced they’re dropping Presto in favor of Webkit, they actually meant Blink (src).

Blink →
Blink Announcement →

CSS3 Marquee

Yesterday, I sent out this tweet:

Rather soon I got a reply by @vormplus:

@bramus we should recreate blink and marquee with css3. Add some extra magic to the web 😉

Sparked by this reply I got started …

Recreating the <blink> tag in CSS3 isn’t that hard (it has been done before). Just use an animation and change the opacity and voilà:

Recreating the <marquee> tag in CSS3 turned out to be quite a different beast though, as the first ventures using position: left and the like turned out to be a dead end. Eventually I got it working using the element CSS function as a value for the background property. This, however, only works in Firefox (as it’s the only browser supporting it).

If you’re wondering why position: left; didn’t work, there’s a little FAQ contained in the embed above. Essentially I’m making good use of the fact that the units used in the background property are based on the width of the background, and not the width of the containing element.

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