Opera Now Supports Smartphones
The W3C has recommended it, WaSP has encouraged it, and here’s one of the results of XHTML and web standards. Opera now supports the new standards XHTML (WAP2/Mobile Profile) and cHTML (i-Mode), meaning that smartphones can use the fully-featured, scalable and modular Opera browser. See their press release below.
If you develop websites, why should you care about that? There’s growing movement toward separating content from structure in building websites, too. Advancing mobile phone and PDA technology has made surfing the Web a reality on these devices and will be commonplace before too long. Many of us already use Avantgo, for example, to download webpages to our PDAs, and wireless combination PDA/phones are now the major push by Handspring.
Have you taken a look to see how your site shows up on a PDA? It can be either a relief or a nightmare, but if you’ve followed W3C recommendations, you’ll have a better shot at your site still working fine on a PDA or mobile phone without creating separate versions. Standards-compliant sites can actually be less work, not more.
On to Opera’s press release. Check out what Opera’s CTO Hakon Lie has to say especially.
Smartphones-one browser fits all:
Opera Brings WAP, i-Mode, Full Internet to Smartphones
Oslo, Norway—June 10, 2002
Opera Software today announced it supports the new mobile browsing standards in a record small 1.3 MB package, allowing smartphone manufacturers to deploy a full-featured browser that is both scalable and modular, allowing customization to fit in resource-constrained environments. The support for the new standards XHTML (WAP2/Mobile Profile) and cHTML (i-Mode) means that smartphones only need one browser.
In May 2001, Opera was selected as the default browser in the reference design for smartphones made by Symbian, the leading provider of the open, advanced operating system for data enabled mobile phones. As a first result of this cooperation, Opera was included as default Web browser in the new Nokia 9210i launched at CeBIT in March, and in the Nokia 9290 launched last week in the US.
“Opera is a great tool for smartphone manufacturers and end-users,” says Lars Boilesen, VP embedded products, Opera Software ASA. “Opera can support all their Web browsing needs, be it HTML, c-HTML, or XHTML surfing, while keeping the browser itself down to less than 1.3 MB. As a result, smartphones can now offer up to a full Internet experience rendered beautifully on even small screens.”
Not only does Opera support standards like HTML, but years of user feedback on Opera’s desktop versions has made Opera’s core able to handle the real HTML that is used on the millions of sites on the Internet.
“Unfortunately, most Web sites do not follow the HTML standards, but instead write what we call 'Street HTML'” says Hakon Lie, CTO, Opera Software. “Thanks to the feedback over the years from the millions of desktop users, Opera can display Street HTML, as well as standards-compliant pages especially made for embedded devices.”
Apart from Opera’s support for open standards, Opera’s modular architecture allows for custom configurations, letting the modules act as 'components' within other applications. An example of this use of a customized modular Opera component is within the mail application on the new Nokia 9210i Communicator, where HTML e-mail and attachments are displayed using Opera’s browser technologies.
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo. The Opera browser has received international recognition from end users and the industry press for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, Symbian OS and QNX. Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway. Learn more about Opera at www.opera.com.
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