Opera for Mac: New Release
Opera has announced their latest version for Mac, Opera 6 for Mac OS 8.6-10.2.2, calling it their golden apple (press release below). Folks around me know I’ve been an Opera user for quite some time now, even recently beta testing their Windows Beta 7. The browser business is quite a tough one and yet they’ve managed to grow and expand, increase their brand recognition, and continue to work on a better browser. I know standards matter to them and I’ve seen them work hard to make improvements.
That said, though, while their list of improvements is great to see, I suspect designers, developers, and users may not agree that it’s a golden apple until its DOM support is in place. I’m guessing (and also hoping) that will happen with its Mac version 7 since that’s the case for their Windows version—if anyone knows, let me know. So keep sending Opera helpful e-mails with your feedback.
Today I also came across an interesting take on standards, browsers, vendors, and more at Joe Gregorio’s site. Although Joe mentions a lack of test suites in his opinion piece on standards, there really are quite a number of test suites available for testing W3C Recommendations. A search at W3C pops up Test Suites for CSS, DOM, XML, and many more, in addition to their discussion lists on them, too.
There are other reasons, though, why browsers and tools may not conform or interpret Recommendations in the same ways. The W3C’s fairly new Quality Assurance Committee is working on a wide range of improvements to help from their side, but it’s also up to the vendors and others to support them. Letting these companies know that standards matter to you really can help make a difference.
Here’s Opera’s latest press release:
Opera’s golden apple
Opera 6 for Mac OS 8.6-10.2 Unleashed
Oslo, Norway - Dec. 12, 2002 - Opera Software ASA today released the final version of Opera 6 for Mac OS 8.6-10.2.2, offering Mac users a faster and better Internet experience. This is the first final Opera release for Mac OS X, and today’s released version runs on Mac OS 8.6-10.2.2.
“With today’s release we confirm our commitment to the Mac platform,” says Mary Lambert, product line manager desktop, Opera Software ASA. “Mac is an important part of our cross-platform strategy, and we are working hard to ensure that Opera for Mac will become the default browser for Mac users.”
Opera 6 for Mac includes major changes since Opera 5 for Mac, including faster rendering speed, improved font switching for international Web pages, some user interface fixes, a new autosave pages feature, and a shared library for developers. Developers can contact Opera to embed this library on Macintosh applications requiring a rendering engine. Opera 6 for Mac also includes local language support.
“In the future, Opera for Mac will be available in many languages,” says Lambert. “We aim to provide a faster, smaller, more standards-compliant, and secure browser for Mac users worldwide.”
Opera 6 for Mac is available for download from <www.opera.com>
For a limited time, Opera for Mac is available for USD 29 (a USD 10 saving off the regular price). With the discount, users receive a free upgrade to version 7, access to personal support via e-mail, and free OperaMail Premium for 6 months (from the day Opera 7 is available).
For a complete changelog, please visit <www.opera.com/mac/changelogs/>
About Opera Software
Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web browser technology, partnering with companies such as IBM, AMD, Nokia, Macromedia, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp and Lineo (now Embedix). The Opera browser has received international recognition from users, industry experts and media for being faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera’s browser technology is cross-platform and modular, targeting the desktop, smartphone, PDA, iTV and vertical markets.
Opera Software ASA is a privately held company headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with development centers in Linköping and Gothenburg, Sweden, and a sales representative in Austin, TX. Learn more about Opera at <www.opera.com>
Tel: +47 40 40 14 77
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