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Created: bharatuppal (20 Jul 2007)
Last edited: hamishwillee (28 Jun 2012)


The Nokia Web Browser is built upon S60WebKit, a port of the open source WebKit project to the S60 platform.

WebKit contains the WebCore and JavaScriptCore components that Apple uses in its Safari browser. Based on KHTML and KJS from KDE's Konqueror open source project, this software has enabled Nokia to achieve improvements in Web site usability on smartphones through the re-use of a proven desktop rendering engine that has been developed and optimized by a large open source community over many years.

This browser enables smartphone users to browse full Web pages on a smartphone screen with features such as:

Preservation of the original page layout, presented just as the Web site designer intended; Easy navigation of Web pages through page miniatures, reducing the amount of scrolling; Pop-up blocking, enhanced start page, and simplified menus; Visual History, an easy-to-use back function, showing miniature views of previous pages; Text Search, which works as you type, taking you directly to the interesting part of the page; Dynamic HTML, supporting dynamic menus, rollovers, and scripted behavior such as AJAX applications; Extensive support of industry standards including W3C's HTML, XHTML 1.0, DOM, CSS and SVG-Tiny; other Web standards such as SSL and ECMAScript; and Netscape style plug-ins such as Flash Lite and audio. Figure 1 explains the architecture for the Nokia Web Browser.

Figure 1: S60 Browser Architecture


Documentation and source for the WebKit project are available at WebKit .

For Information about KDE's Konqueror please visit KDE's Konqueror.

Building S60Webkit

For instructions building S60Webkit, see Building S60Webkit .

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