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Opera Ice and Branch

Two things happened last week: news leaked that Opera are planning to launch a new browser based on WebKit; and the new discussion tool, Branch, came out of private beta. As an experiment, I want to talk about the first on the second, so I invite you to read and participate in my branch Opera Ice: New browser for Android and iPhone coming Februa….


On Opera’s Implementation of WebKit Aliases

As I’m sure you’re aware, Opera recently released a preview build of their browser Mobile Emulator which is notable largely because they’ve aliased a group of -webkit- prefixed properties, effectively supporting another vendors supposedly proprietary code in their own.

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Opera’s CSS Pagination Build

Opera recently released a Labs build of their browser with support for CSS pagination; that is, removing the scrollbar from documents and adding page controls instead (this is ideal for non-desktop devices, especially TV, where scrolling can be onerous). The syntax (as described in the Generated Content for Paged Media module) is very simple; you first use a media query with the paged media type (prefixed in Opera) like so:

@media -o-paged {}

Then use new values for the overflow property on the scrollable element to control whether the pagination moves horizontally or vertically, and whether or not on-screen controls are shown, like so:

@media -o-paged {
  html {
    height: 100%;
    overflow: -o-paged-x-controls;
  }
}

This paginates the whole document horizontally, and adds controls. To see this working, you’ll need to download a copy of the Labs build (available for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android), then you can visit this example page from Dive Into HTML5 I quickly set up. Navigate by dragging/swiping, cursor keys, or the native controls.

I really like this; it’s still early days, but the syntax seems clear and logical and works well in the demos I’ve seen, and I think it’s going to be really useful as the web migrates away from the desktop and onto other connected devices. More information and examples are in the ‘Paging the Web’ article on Håkon Wium Lie’s website, and I’ll definitely be delving further into this.


Using SVG in background-image

While having a look through the list of features for developers planned for Firefox 4 earlier today, I noticed this:

You can now use SVG with the img element, as well as the background image in CSS.

I know you can already use SVG in background-image with Safari, Chrome and Opera, and this, coupled with Internet Explorer’s push towards SVG and the strong chance this will be available in IE9, made me decide to take a closer look.

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Opera widgets become browser-independent

This is a nice idea: Opera have separated their widgets from the desktop browser, allowing them to be run as standalone applications. They are cross-platform and standards compliant. You can download a Labs release to try it for yourself.


Web workers of the world: Unite

To much fanfare (the blowing of their own trumpets), Opera today announced Unite, a new service which lets you use the browser as a personal file server and social space. I haven’t had more than a passing glance at it yet — my URL is home.stopsatgreen.operaunite.com, if you’d like to see if I’m available — but it certainly looks interesting. Useful? I’m not sure yet.


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