Brainstorms and Raves

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Tue

2

JUL

2002

Web Standards Compliance the Goal: Opera to be Embedded with Macromedia Web Authoring Products

According to this morning’s press release (see below), it’s true. Macromedia and Opera will first work toward embedding Opera on the Mac platform, and Opera’s core technology will be used as the default browsing technology in a wide range of Macromedia Web development products.

Macromedia and Opera are also stressing standards compliancy as an important part of their work together:

“Macromedia and Opera are both committed to open solutions that are built to fully support existing Web standards,” said Susan Morrow, director of product management, Macromedia. “By working in concert with Opera, our developers can create pages that will look good across all devices and platforms.”

The stress of standards compliance in their press release (see below for the entire release) is one that I’m glad to see. There’s positive recognition that both Macromedia and Opera feel web standards is an important enough selling feature to be a strong marketing strategy.

While standards compliance has been important to Opera all along, more recently Macromedia has started coming around in a stronger way, releasing Dreamweaver MX with far more standards-compliancy features for designers/developers than previous versions, with the Dreamweaver engineers working with and listening to WaSP’s Dreamweaver Taskforce. Both Opera and Macromedia have been very open to working with WaSP on the development and implementation of standards-compliant products.

WaSP’s recently launched Phase 2 is stressing education for designers and developers, and I see the Macromedia and Opera working together as a positive step toward helping designers and developers with implementing standards-compliant sites. While they need to make money to stay in business, as we all do, they want to do so working toward greater standards-compliancy. That’s fine by me. While Opera does exceedingly well with their CSS support, they’re incredibly lacking in their DOM support especially, and Macromedia is in its infancy with standards support. I’m hoping their alliance with standards support in mind helps them both improve individually and together.

While many know little about Opera at this point, they’ve accomplished a tremendous amount despite the enormous challenges in the browser market. In addition to their reputation as a small, easy-to-use browser dedicated to supporting standards, they have established themselves strongly in the embedded browser market, and a glance through their press releases will quickly reveal that they’ve been busy building alliances throughout the world, and their browser is built for many platforms, not only Windows and Mac. For further insight, check out Who says the browser war is over? - a new interview of Opera’s CEO Jon von Tetzchner.

Opera and Macromedia don’t state when we designers/developers will see Opera within Macromedia’s Web authoring products, and Macromedia recently released their MX series, too, so it may be a little while (but I’m guessing). Here’s their press release:

Macromedia to Embed the Opera Browser in Web Authoring Products

Oslo, Norway—July 2, 2002
Today, Opera Software announced an agreement with Macromedia, whereby the two companies will work together to integrate their products for the Mac platform. Opera will deliver a full-featured, embeddable version of its desktop browser to be integrated into a wide range of Macromedia Web development products.

Opera and Macromedia will work together to develop and maintain an application programming interface (API) for an embedded browser on the Mac platform, enabling further technical collaboration between the two companies in the future. Opera’s core technology will be used as default browsing technology in a number of Macromedia products on the Mac platform and will give users the opportunity to test their Web pages with the world’s most standards-compliant browser.

“Macromedia and Opera are both committed to open solutions that are built to fully support existing Web standards,” said Susan Morrow, director of product management, Macromedia. “By working in concert with Opera, our developers can create pages that will look good across all devices and platforms.”

The initial phase of the agreement between Opera Software and Macromedia relates to product development on the Mac platform. However, all Web developers can test their Web pages in Opera to be certain that the pages will be displayed correctly in all browsers, since Opera is cross platform and adheres to the international open standards set by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

“Opera is the only browser you need to get the best Internet experience, whether it is to experience it yourself, or to test what you have created for others to enjoy,” says Dean Kakridas, VP Desktop Products. “We are very excited to be able to present the most standards-compliant Web browser to all of Macromedia’s Mac users, thereby reaching a large and important design community, as well as those who visit their Web pages.”

Please find more information about Opera, or download the browser for free at www.opera.com.

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.

Contacts

Opera Software ASA

Pål A. Hvistendahl
Communications Director
Tel: +47 99 72 43 31
US Toll-free: 1-888-624-4846 (Press only)
E-mail: Pal at opera dot com

Live Leer
PR Manager Europe
Tel: +47 40 40 14 77
E-mail: press at opera dot com

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