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Towards a HTML-UI-Compositor by Introducing the Wayland-Protocol into a Browser-Engine


Tobias Holstein, Joachim Wietzke , Bastian Weißbach

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13th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA)




There is a trend in automotive software to separate components based on domains. Current approaches create a separation through hardware/software virtualization, i.e., different VMs for each domain. However, each domain includes one or more applications and services, and therefore a special component called "compositor" is necessary to composite and provide a homogeneous UI to the user. In this paper we present a software architecture and the results of a prototype implementation, which is based on the browser-engine WebKit and the Wayland protocol. We extended a browser-engine through plug-ins to allow native applications from different domains to be used and displayed in a UI-Compositor. This shows that it is possible to composite native applications (e.g., from different VMs) seamlessly into a HTML based GUI.


author = {Tobias Holstein and Joachim Wietzke and Bastian Wei{\ss}bach},
title = {Towards a HTML-UI-Compositor by Introducing the Wayland-Protocol into a Browser-Engine},
isbn = {978-1-5090-2131-4},
pages = {192--200},
month = {April},
year = {2016},
booktitle = {13th Working IEEE/IFIP Conference on Software Architecture (WICSA)},
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