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Introducing Wolfire WebKitten

Add Comment! By Jeffrey Rosen on May 2nd, 2009

Often, when I wear my Wolfire T-shirt people compliment me on my nice FireFox shirt, exclaiming their love for the browser. I thought I would confuse people even further by making Wolfire's very own web browser! I teamed up with AJS, the creator of Awesomium, to bring you guys Wolfire WebKitten:

Wolfire WebKitten

What is WebKitten?
WebKitten is a nice, lean web browser complete with tabbed browsing capabilities and other modern browser niceties. It uses WebKit as the rendering engine (the same engine that powers Safari and Chrome). The twist is that it does not just use WebKit as a rendering engine -- it is built inside of WebKit. That is, it's written in JavaScript, HTML, and CSS, designed to run inside of Awesomium (a library for embedding WebKit). That's right, it's a web browser built inside of a web browser.

The intention of WebKitten is to let people access certain webpages inside of Overgrowth. Without further ado, here is a screenshot of me writing this post from within the game:

WebKitten in Overgrowth
I'm writing this post from WebKitten

WebKitten is useful for a few reasons. Right now, our number one use case is to embed the Overgrowth Alpha FAQ (which is simply a forum post) inside of the game. However, there are a lot of possibilities. Here's a few off the top of my head.

- Let people view and edit an Overgrowth wiki from within the game (it could even update itself based on your location in the game).
- Live customer service without leaving OG.
- Chat in our IRC channel from within the game.
- Let people purchase the game from within the demo.
- Easy access to our forums, etc.

That's about all I can think of for now. What uses for WebKitten can you guys think of?