Friday, April 19, 2013 1:28:37 PM
, I added a CSS Quick Reference Panel
to my public panels collection
to make it easy to find all those new CSS3 properties
etc that were starting to get used by then. This was inspired by Eric Meyer's CSS 2.1 Quick Reference, and nowadays supersedes it as almost all browsers in active use support many CSS 3 features - see the excellent caniuse.com
for up-to-date information on browser support.
This panel was originally hosted at my employer-provided webspace on people.opera.com/rijk/panels/
. Since I left Opera Software
last year, Opera's admins have been so friendly to leave a redirect in place from there to my personal webspace at my ISP - so if you use it, it's a good idea to update your bookmarks
Recently I've updated this CSS Quick Reference, hence this blog post. I hadn't touched it since 2010, while the CSS Working Group has been quite busy these last few years. So there was a lot to add! Just this morning a new CSS 3 working draft was added, 'CSS Overflow Module Level 3', which is of course also included. I've only excluded the really old CSS 3 modules, those that haven't been updated after CSS 2.1 became a final Recommendation.
I've now also made a CSS Quick Reference page
available, which uses an iframe to show the content of the specs. This way, those without a panel or sidebars sporting browser can also make use of this resource. At the same time I've updated the styles, so it looks a bit fresher and works better in all modern browsers. Alas, that meant ditching the now deprecated 'system color' and 'system font' styles. On the plus side, the html code is now minimalistic HTML5. The sidebar/panel version is also suited for use in mobile browsers with a smallish screen, since I added a <meta name=viewport content="width=device-width">
In the same way I've refreshed the style of the HTTP/1.1 panel
that I stole from Hallvord
. This one is also suitable for mobile use, and gets a HTTP/1.1 page
using an iframe as well.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012 10:24:33 AM
Change is in the air. In October I'll start in a new job, leaving Opera behind me after more than 11 years working there. I've been working from my home in the Netherlands all those years, with regular visits to Oslo HQ to keep in touch with my colleagues. Now I'll be working for a smallish Dutch Web company, from their office, and so I'll have to get properly dressed each day. Just kidding, I've always been dressed when working : -)
I'll revert to being an Opera fan, like I was before Sue and Håkon invited me to work for them. And I'll keep following the continued development of the browser on all platforms. I'm using it on an Android tablet right now to write this blog post for example! A pity there's no M2 on Android... I will surely miss interacting with all the devoted fans out there, thanks a lot for your feedback over the years.
Sunday, February 20, 2011 1:21:47 AM
76. That's the percentage of people in the Desktop team using Opera Mail. 12% uses Thunderbird and 10% uses Apple Mail.
I did a quick check on the mail clients used by members and ex-members of the Desktop team
, who have posted at least one message to our internal team mailing list in the last two years and a few months. Excluded: Opera people from other departments who sometimes post to this list; summer students, and messages sometimes sent from the webmail interface of our work accounts. We also have a lone Emacs user. He's a recent convert from the Core team though, where you can also find cases of Kmail, Mutt and Alpine. I've also spotted a case of Sylpheed from a sysadmin. And then there's one developer who has never send a message using a desktop mail client at all
Other interesting facts: one Desktop developer finally upgraded (for mail use) from Opera 6.06 to 10.60 during the previous year. And in the time period where I looked at, one developer switched from Kmail to Opera Mail, and one from Opera Mail to Apple Mail. Not a very adventurous bunch here when it comes to mail clients
Saturday, February 12, 2011 3:04:57 PM
One of the news items last week: Mozilla Firefox wants to speed up their release schedule. Apparently they plan to release not just Firefox 4 this year, but also Firefox 5, 6 and 7! They are spurred on by Chrome of course, which is getting out its feature upgrades at breakneck speed. Though I suspect many Chrome users hardly notice - one of the disadvantages of Chrome's silent upgrades is that users are not aware that they are using a newer version with new features
I think that the people who read my blog will be aware that, while Opera still uses rather classical version numbers, we've already moved to a schedule of multiple feature releases in a year. Quite different from the 'almost once a year' releases that Firefox manages, never mind the (recent) two-yearly schedule of Internet Explorer (wikipedia). Here's an overview of the last 5 years of Opera releases:
||Cool features (add "tons of fixes" to each cell yourself)
||Speed Dial extensions; Password sync. Core 2.9: more HTML 5 support
||Speed Dial changes; URL Filter API; Plugin install wizard; Special use IMAP folders support; Core 2.8: CSS 3 Multicol, CSS 3 Viewport, CSS 3 Gradients, WOFF, File API, WebP
||Opera Extensions; Search suggestions; Tab stacking; Visual mouse gestures; Safer Address field; Mail panel; Mail integration of labels and filters; Plug-in on-demand; Core 2.7: CSS 3 Paged Media, CSS 3 Text, more HTML 5 support
||Core 2.6: Geolocation, Offline Web Apps, Web Workers, WebM video format
||Core 2.2: Webfonts, Acid 3, CSS Colors, CSS Selectors, SVG improvements; inline spell check; Auto-update; Opera Turbo; Visual tabs; HTML mail compose; Crashlogging
||Feed preview; Mail features
||Core 2.1: SVG improvements; Opera Link; Opera Dragonfly; Quick Find (address field search); SSL-EV
||Core 2.0: Canvas, Web Forms 2.0, XSLT, XPath, Rich text editing, Acid 2; Opera Widgets; Bittorrent; Site Preferences; Content Blocking; Integrated Source Viewer, opera:config
(data picked from the excellent Opera version history document)
I'm no spokesman for Opera Software, but I hope we manage to keep up the release speed from 2010 in this year as well. It would be trendy to call them 12, 13 and 14 instead of (for example) 11.10, 11.50 and 11.60, but I'll leave it to the marketing people to decide on such things
BTW, I'm aware that some people will say 'stop adding features, just fix all the bugs first'. So, there's no need to add comments like that. Especially as it is totally unrealistic.
Sunday, February 6, 2011 8:56:52 PM
I should really take up blog writing again, so much more permanence than Twitter
, or even forum and blog comments! And now Haavard blogged
about his ten years at Opera... so I was inspired to write a bit myself
I started at Opera a few weeks earlier than Haavard, January 2001, and in a special way: without going to the office! How did I manage to get a job where I didn't have to actually go to the office?
Wednesday, November 17, 2010 3:53:17 PM
The new My Opera interface looks nice. Let's see how this twitter integration works out
Tuesday, March 23, 2010 1:14:14 AM
I noticed some pro-Chrome
bitching in the Desktop team blog comments
around performance of Opera 10.51 in the Peacekeeper benchmark. I wrote something to use in a comment there, but then I decided to blog it here instead. It's been a while
Some choice quotes:
Originally posted by VarunM:
Chrome 5.0.356.2 destroys Opera 10.51 Especially the "Data" section is ridiculous. Chrome was 300% faster than Opera.
Originally posted by Asires:
"Data" is unimportant in rendering. "Rendering" is important. Opera is twice faster than Chrome in rendering.. So, Opera is 200% faster than Chrome.
It is pretty much all nonsense to focus on the details and comparing them across systems, to be honest... It is great that the top-score belongs to Opera for now (though the Chrome developers are of course
But how well a browser really serves you is a highly personal experience. It depends a lot on what kind of sites you visit, what hardware you run your browser on, your Windows version, and what extra browser features you can use/add/customize/get distracted by. The Peacekeeper benchmark seems to be a bit sensitive of your underlying system, in some cases Chrome beats Opera, in others it is the other way around. I don't think speed will be a limiting factor with either of these modern browsers to enjoy the current web.
Saturday, October 18, 2008 10:07:08 PM
Now that Opera 9.5+ ships with a set of keyboard shortcuts where cat-owners are protected from accidental exposure to Opera's features by disabling the single-key shortcuts by default, I wanted to expand the shortcuts that can be enabled with the checkbox under 'Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts'. After all, there is no need to be careful anymore with single-key shortcuts if only the happy few will enable them!
Here's the current list:
||Switch to previous tab
||Switch to next tab
||Focus next frame
||Focus previous frame
||Maximize page | Restore page
||Zoom to 100%
||Zoom out 100%
||Zoom in 100%
||Zoom out 10%
||Zoom in 10%
||Show typed history
||Load all images
||Tri-state image toggle
||Toggle author/user mode
||Highlight next URL
||Highlight previous URL
||Highlight next heading
||Highlight previous heading
||Highlight next element
||Highlight previous element
Some items in this list are relics from the past that I don't need, like the number shortcuts for Zoom (I'm fine with only using '-', '+' and '*'), and the Highlight shortcuts (I much prefer to use Spatial Navigation instead). And some shortcuts are now overcomplicated, because in the past they were made harder to hit accidentally (as well as on purpose). So for my optimized single-key setup, I removed various keys, and returned to 'P' for Print Preview and 'G' for the graphics toggle. Adding a simpler shortcut for toggling User Mode came naturally then: 'U'.
And I wanted easier access to spatial navigation. On a numpad 2-4-6-8 work fine, and for notebook keyboards the A-S-D-W keys can be used instead. Looking at the numpad again, I then switched to using 1 and 3 to switch tabs, and 7 and 9 to switch frame focus.
Some specific additions for webpage tinkering: 'R' for Refresh display (after editing cached documents) and 'Shift+R' for refreshing after editing user style sheets (yes, there's an action available for that, to prevent having to restart all the time when testing user stylesheets). I've also made 'M' the 'Boss key' to minimize (hide) Opera. This leaves me with this set of single-key shortcuts:
||Switch to previous tab
||Switch to next tab
||Focus previous frame
||Focus next frame
||Tri-state image toggle
||Toggle Print Preview
||Toggle author/user mode
||Show typed history
One problem: there are still lots of keys available! I could use some suggestions for shortcuts for common actions to add to my setup. Preferably with some mnenomic connection between the key and the action
And no, this is not an announcement of a change in Opera, just some private tweaking.
Saturday, September 13, 2008 12:05:44 AM
I've been playing around with a new setup, that should be usable, useful, but also 'small' in a visual sense. So without a menu bar! Almost all Opera functions will be easily accesible. But not necessarily all from the main toolbars, which was what the ribbonesque Twelve setup
tried to do. For now I've named it Compact
, but suggestions are welcome for something more memorable. (No, not Chrome. Scandium maybe? Zircon?)
So starting with the Twelve setup, I removed lots of items (though many are still available from the Appearance dialog), moved the navigation controls back to their proper place below the tab bar, and created two menu buttons for access to various actions on the left end of the tab bar: one general menu with the Opera icon, and one with the page icon with page/text specific functions.
The 'manage' pages are hardly used in this setup, which relies on the panels instead. It should be more usable than the Twelve setup for those (like me) who use Opera's mail and chat clients, but note that the toolbars for the Mail and Chat tabs are still quite compact.
To try it out, install the Compact Toolbar 0.10
and the Compact Menu 0.10
that goes together with it, then hide the main menu bar.
BTW, in the screenshot I'm using the Winvista MSO2007 Blue
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 9:56:26 AM
lightning at sunset
Originally uploaded by wvs
Testing the 'blog this' option from Flickr. This is my current desktop background image.
Monday, April 28, 2008 11:15:56 PM
[edit 2008-06-15]Updates updated: made the setups offered here compatible with 9.5 Final. Same URLs, a few new versions.
I'm going from light blogging to no blogging apparently... a bad trend. I'm a little bit active on Twitter now, but not in a way that compares to my past blogging here. When 9.5 Final and Firefox 3 get released, I'll probably make an update for the Top 150 Extensions list.
But my customized setups can already use some updates, the 9.2 versions will have some broken functionality when used with Kestrel builds. So here are provisional 9.5-compatible setups, suitable for Kestrel Beta 2. Copying some description text from a blog post in April 2007 BTW
Below you can find the auto-install links, with links to old blog posts for some background info. Remember: use Ctrl+F12 > Advanced > Toolbars
to get back to your previous menus, shortcuts and toolbars.Twelve
Ribbon-inspired radical setup. Use the menu and toolbar together. Hide the main menu with Alt+F11 after tweaking the shortcuts.
Mail-only setup. Use at least the menu and toolbar together.
Sort of a Hugin-lite that adds more mail-specific menus, shortcuts and buttons, but doesn't remove the browsing functionality. Use at least the menu and toolbar together.
Just what it says.
Return to the toolbar-bonanza of Opera 7.23. With an additional Startbar even...
My Personal Setup
Use at least the menu and toolbar together.
Sunday, February 24, 2008 6:10:49 PM
Tim has tagged me
in an internet game of answers, one...word...at...a...time.
Where is your mobile phone?pocket
Describe your girlfriend:happy
What is your favourite gadget?phone
What did you dream last night?nothing
What do you prefer to drink?coffee
What room are you currently in?kitchen
Your biggest fear?fear
What do you want to be in 10 years?myself
Who did you spend last night with?twitter
What are you not?talkative
The last thing you did?eat
What are you wearing?jeans
The last thing you ate?mango-pie
Your best friends?scant
What are you thinking about right now?friends
What are you doing right now?typing
What is on your TV right now?Bob
When did you last laugh?today
When did you last cry?movies
As usual, I don't tag others. Though my girlfriend just started a (Dutch) blog
, maybe she can pick it up
Monday, November 5, 2007 4:21:58 PM
For a few years I've been maintaining up-to-date versions of Eric Meyer
's HTML 4 Quick Reference and CSS 2 Quick Reference
panels/sidebars. Keeping the HTML QR up-to-date is easy, as it never changes, but CSS 2 is slowly progressing towards a CSS 2.1 Recommendation and so changes every once in a while.
part in CSS developments is in the emerging CSS 3 modules. Some have been untouched for years, others get some serious work, and sometimes even new ones get created. The CSS Working Group at the W3C has this Current Work
page that you can use to keep track. The most fun is of course the implementation of new properties in browsers, the folks at CSS3.info
do a nice job of following that.
But with CSS3 modules starting to become usable for real use on the web, the CSS 2.1 QR needed an update. So I've made a new CSS 3 Quick Reference
panel that pulls all the new properties, selectors, at-rules etc together. Come and get it from Rijk's Panelizer
Saturday, September 15, 2007 4:57:55 PM
Today I've been discharged from hospital, so I'm back home behind the laptop again. Great! I can mostly help myself now at home (except for putting on socks and tying shoelaces) and the wound is healing well. No eight-hour working days for me for a while, but it is good to get back in the loop again. Though I've build up a backlog of 600 mail messages already. I'll install build 9523 soon and look at the mail later
Friday, September 14, 2007 12:27:58 PM
Great to be walking again! I now have walk around a lot. Probably going home this weekend.
Thursday, September 13, 2007 2:03:30 PM
Today: walking with crutches, not very far yet, and sitting in a chair. A pity the GPRS connection is not so good in this room.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007 11:10:19 AM
OK so far. Sat on the edge of the bed this morning. And I love Opera Mini
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