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Open standards will be the web's way forward

Opera sings for the press
Fri Oct 15 2010, 10:26

BROWSER MAKER Opera told assorted hacks that it thinks that the way that the web will advance will be through open standards.

Opera has got its browser onto the Android operating system. "Opera Mobile for Android is the real McCoy. It's the full web browser on the phone," Opera chief development officer Christen Krogh said at a press conference in Oslo, Norway.

The company said that the web browser should arrive on the Android Market within 30 days, possibly by the end of October.

Lars Boilesen, Opera's CEO said that for the web to work it needs to be available everywhere, irrespective of platform, device and geography.

He was showing off a new extension feature in the upcoming Opera 11 alpha, which will be made available soon here. With extensions coming to Opera 11, he said that it's time to consider making the technology a standard for all browsers.

Opera 11 extensions will use the same collection of web page technologies - HTML for page contents, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) for formatting, Javascript for processing - as extensions in Google's Chrome, Apple's Safari 5, and Mozilla's upcoming Firefox Jetpack. He said that the approach makes it easier for browsers to handle the interfaces to lightweight extensions.

Other technologies and features being introduced in the next versions of Opera Mini and Opera Mobile will include hardware acceleration and pinch to zoom.

Demos shown at the press event included Opera Mini on the Iphone and Opera Mobile on Android. µ



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