Opera 9 Preview
Friday, 21 October 2005
Things have changed in the last couple of years. After years of relative peace and quiet we seem to be headed to a new confrontation. The previous war was between Internet Explorer and Netscape, but currently it isn’t so simple anymore. There are many new players and this time around the war can be won by being innovative and by embracing standards.
The first thing I did after firing up Opera 9 for the first time was to load the Acid 2 test. I was positively surprised that Opera managed to render it ‘almost’ perfectly. It’s not perfect yet, but I imagine they will certainly pass the Acid 2 test when the final version of Opera 9 will be released.
As an early adopter and promoter of Atom 1.0, I am really happy that Opera 9 will also support this new standard. It will certainly help us move away from Atom 0.3 as quickly as possible.
<canvas> element is being incorporated into the Web Apps standard by the WhatWG and will also make an appearance in the upcoming Firefox 1.5 release.
The WhatWG is also working on the Web Forms standard and Opera 9 will be the first browser to support this new standard. Web Forms and Web Apps, together often called HTML 5 is a continuation of the HTML 4 work done by the W3C. It’s not a surprise that Opera is taking these standards so serious. Until recently the editor of these two standards worked for Opera.
The next innovation is also not much of a surprise, but that doesn’t make it any less of an improvement. Over the summer Anne van Kesteren was hired by Opera to document the way designMode – the ability to edit HTML inside the browser – worked. The work was intended to be used in the WhatWG Web Apps standard. Originally this is a Microsoft invention and was also adopted by Mozilla and recently also by Safari. The good news is that Anne’s work apparently paid off and Opera 9 will also support this very useful feature.