That’s what Paul Festa reports in his August 20th article, Opera casts off legacy code for speed. Many of us have hoped that Opera would listen to the numerous complaints about lack of DOM support for their otherwise very good browser. Many developers out there may feel that Paul’s article would have been more accurate if he’d stated that Opera will finally support the DOM, though, since support has been quite disappointing to this point. I’m personally thrilled to hear this promising news, and I’m sure many developers out there look forward to this big improvement in Opera’s otherwise excellent browser. I also hope their new rendering engine continues to be fast.
Paul also talked to Monte Hurd, a systems architect in Clearwater, Fla:
“Opera and other Microsoft competitors would do better to support the technologies that the market-leading Internet Explorer browser made available, rather than focusing on industry standards.
” ‘What these other browser makers should do is stop complaining about what Microsoft is doing and start supporting what Microsoft is supporting,’ Hurd said. ‘People out there aren’t reading these specs; they’re using IE.’ “
I suspect we could have an interesting conversation. After all, Microsoft provides continually improving standards support with their browsers, Microsoft is a W3C member, they’re actively involved in numerous W3C committees and activities, and they have also openly supported standards for awhile now, even though they also have proprietary goodies of their own.
So, according to Hurd’s logic, since Microsoft supports standards, perhaps he ought to also consider supporting standards. Just an idea.
Aside from Microsoft’s involvement with standards, there really are good reasons to consider standards but I guess he doesn’t know about that yet.
Hurd and I do agree on one point, at least, that we like Opera and look forward to its DOM support and other improvements.
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