Wednesday, January 3, 2007 5:45:03 PM
PC and Mac get on with Opera
2007 is but three days old and already we can give out our big thank you for the first web page to be fixed this year. In the spirit of the festive season, Apple, along with a big hand from Omniture, has just shown that both Mac and PC can get along fine, both running the Opera browser.
There was a issue with the Get a Mac page, where it would display a blank page in Opera. This was caused by a small issue in the statistics script, which was setting a variable incorrectly when Opera was detected. With the help of Apple, Omniture and our great QA department, along with all the users that have reported this issue, the script has been updated and you can watch all the videos to your hearts content -- providing you have a platform that supports Quicktime of course.
Whether you choose the side of Mac, PC, Tux, the BSD Daemon, Mario, or any number of mobile phones, there is an Opera version out there ready for all your surfing needs, from boring office stuff, to blogging, photo-casting and whatever else may take your fancy.
Tuesday, March 28, 2006 1:13:07 PM
You may remember if you've been following my blog that a bug in the way other browsers implement addEventListener causes Opera problems in many web sites as they assume the broken behaviour. I updated that post to mention that Geoffrey Garen at Apple has reported to me that they have fixed this in WebKit. The issue has also been reported here in the Mozilla bug tracking system, and Jonas has stated that they will also fix this bug.
What does this mean for Opera? Well initially nothing, as all the broken scripts will still be broken, however once the browsers start rolling out with these fixes in place all new browsers will break on these scripts. The authors will begin to notice what we've been telling them all along and they will have to fix their scripts or not work at all in any new version of the browsers that support this method.
I'd like to thank both Apple and Mozilla for looking into this issue. The browser is quite a unique market where even though we are rivals, there is a lot of friendly co-operation between vendors and generally very little hostility. The WHATWG is a good example of this cross browser co-operation. While everyone wants to be the best browser, with the best standards support, no one will use them standards unless a majority of the other browsers also support it (unless your name is IE). Therefore you are in a strange situation where you want your rivals to improve their product so that people will actually start using the cool new feature you've just added. However strange this is, it is good for the industry and good for users as co-operation pushes the web forward and keeps it from splintering further into many single vendor solutions