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Generally, I think WebKit2 and Chromium simply disagree about where to hook into the platform, and what the responsibilities of the embedder should be. The description at http://trac.webkit.org/wiki/WebKit2 is written from Apple's point of view, but I think it's broadly fair.

The position we're taking is that the Content layer (in Chromium) is the right place to hook into the system: http://www.chromium.org/developers/content-module That's where we've drawn the boundary between the embeddable bits and the Chrome and browser-specific bits.

Regarding the history, I'd suggest adding some questions to the Moderator for tomorrow's video Q/A: http://google.com/moderator/#15/e=20ac1d&t=20ac1d.40&... The folks answering questions there were around right at the beginning... I only hopped on board ~2.5 years ago. :)

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