HP releases source code for WebOS-based Isis web browser

In December, HP announced its plans to release its WebOS operating system as an open source project, with full support from HP. Today, HP announced more developments in that project via its WebOS blog site. That includes the release of the source code for the Isis web browser, along with the extensions to QtWebKit, the web browser engine which was used as the basis for Isis.

HP today said it decided to use QtWebKit because of both its high speed performance as well as its ability to comply with web standards such as HTML5.  HP has been working to move tQtWebKit over to work on WebOS for a while and the final result is the source code release of the Isis web browser. HP states:

We’ve benchmarked the new Isis webOS browser and have found it to be extremely responsive compared to other browsers made for general consumption. It has a fast render pipeline and JavaScript execution profile, which is critical to Enyo and other web technologies. It is extensively supportive of HTML5 and CSS3. Standards-compliance is important to developers because they can use technologies like Enyo to develop cross-platform web applications that already work well on webOS.

Isis is being designed with the hope that it will be able to run on other mobile platforms. In addition there is support for running programs such as Adobe Flash which should make web site developers happy. You can find out more information on the Isis open source project at its official web site.

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