jirving - 6:10 pm on Feb 22, 2002 (gmt 0)
Wanted to amplify a point from Eric Jarvis some time back:
Opera can be set to identify itself as Opera, as IE, or as Netscape (Mozilla). As a long-time Opera user, I've found that if I set it for "Opera", it doesn't take much browsing to hit a site that EXPLICITLY won't display for me. So I tend to leave it set as IE. With this set, I rarely hit a site that displays badly or not at all.
I'm sure other Opera users quickly discovered this same sad state of affairs, so I'll bet only a small percentage of Opera hits show that they're from Opera.
Web developers should at least let me see their site, Opera warts and all, if I'm not IE or Netscape. If your site sees an Opera user, display a warning if you feel you must, but then at least display the IE version. Better yet, get out of MS's pocket and dump the features that cause you and the rest of us all this extra work.
Opera the company has a very active user community and upgrades their code to reflect user problems with specific sites. They're amazingly responsive at this, especially considering that many users use the free download.