A layout engine, or rendering engine, is software that takes marked up content (such as HTML, XML, image files, etc.) and formatting information (such as CSS, XSL, etc.) and displays the formatted content on the screen.
It "paints" on the content area of a window, which is displayed on a monitor or a printer.
A rendering engine is typically used for web browsers, e-mail clients, or other applications that require the displaying (and editing) of web contents.
Blink
The rendering engine used by Chromium.
Gecko
Maintained and primarily used by the Mozilla Corporation on Firefox, Thunderbird, SeaMonkey and NVU. [Open-Source, Mozilla tri-license]
GtkHTML
Designed to be implemented into GTK applications requiring lightweight HTML functionality. [GPL]
HtmLayout
Embeddable HTML/CSS renderer and layout manager component. [Commercial]
KHTML
Developed by the KDE project and used in Konqueror. [GNU]
Trident
Rendering engine used on the Windows versions of Internet Explorer. Also known as MSHTML.
WebKit
Originally derived by Apple from the KHTML software library of Konqueror. Primarily used in Apple Safari and in Google Chrome. [Open-Source, LGPLv2/BSD-style]
Wikipedia: Comparison of web browser engines
General information, release history, operating system support.
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