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To be fair though Chrome was started from scratch in 2007/2008 whereas Firefox has a lot of legacy stuff still hanging around from the early 2000s.

Chrome was started off of WebKit, which also has legacy from many years earlier. Both WebKit and Gecko have code that dates to before the year 2000 in fact.

This is pretty much expected for a huge multimillion line C++ codebases, like all web browsers currently are. All have crufty parts (not sure why GP thinks one browser has nicer code overall? That's not my opinion based on the code I've read.)

V8 was new and WebKit was still a newer codebase than Gecko.

Chrome started in 2006.

WebKit forked KHTML in 2005.

KHTML actually started in late '98 if memory serves, when we rebooted Mozilla around Gecko.


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