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Opera gets weak support from Google's Ajax code

 6:03 pm on May 21, 2009 (gmt 0)

I'm just a bit troubled by this. I know that cross-browser javascript is a challenge, and Google feels that supporting Opera along with the "major" browsers is not a priority. However, the recent changes to Google Search Suggestions [webmasterworld.com] have highlighted this issue for me.

The big deal is that in Opera the Enter Key is now not functioning for search - and this means moving the mouse. When you do as many searches as I do in a day, that's a problem! Unfortunately, the onus is on Opera to make support changes.

Google's history with gmail features makes me feel that the 'plex will not be providing the fix for this any time soon. For example, for a long time, Google's Ajax code in gmail was forcing a double line break in Opera when a single one was entered. I learned to live with that. But Google changes about a week ago turned all multiple line breaks into a single line break - and that makes my longer emails harder to read.

I went to using a different browser for gmail - and I can live with that situation. There's even an advantage - it lets me be logged into Google on one browser and then Opera does not accidentally get "personalized" results.

But I don't want to switch browsers for every search I perform. So my choice is to turn off "Search Suggest" or to move the mouse more often. I turned off Search Suggest.

[edited by: tedster at 10:48 pm (utc) on June 3, 2009]



 11:18 am on Jun 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

I quickly found the same thing Ted... and I also turned it off just as fast. Too bad, I kind of liked it.


 9:22 am on Jun 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google should have pushed out a fix for this now.


 10:52 am on Jun 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks for the heads up on that, Mitchman. At least from the Google Home Page, the enter button function is now restored.

Still no joy when searching from a results page, however.


 5:36 pm on Jun 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

It was a bit premature. The fix has been committed but is not yet live.


 9:15 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

The evil onkeypress handler is now gone.


 10:09 pm on Jun 9, 2009 (gmt 0)

That's extremely timely reporting - thanks! Just an hour ago it was still problematic for me.

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