kaled - 6:58 pm on Nov 24, 2010 (gmt 0)
I wonder if I'm one of the 140 million users that contributes to a market share of 7%. Of course, based on that logic, the market itself could be at least 400% in size since I also might be considered a user of IE, Firefox and (puke) Chrome.
Considering that the lack of Ctrl-click on Opera has been been discussed on the web for years (and no reliable solution found that I am aware of) it can hardly be described as my pet peeve, etc.
I tried using the arrow keys to navigate
1) You have to press the control key at the same time - awkward.
2) Although I am right-handed, I use my computer left-handedly so using the arrow keys is certainly more difficult not less - it's worse not better.
3) Despite the fact that Opera like to harp on about CSS standards compliance, it looks to me like they are probably ignoring the CSS :focus pseudo-class (but I haven't checked closely).
The standard way to indicate focus is with a dotted rectangle (although MS decided to switch off this feature by default from XP onwards - completely crazy).
If I manufactured cars that had an odd control layout and turned to a marketing consultant that actually knew his a**e from his elbow, he would tell me to adopt a standard control layout instead of trying to convert people to a non-standard layout. Mercedes bit the bullet some years ago with their silly handbrake design. If Opera really want new users then they need to do the same.
Software-makers around the world strive to make their programs easy to use - often they fail but at least they try - Opera Software don't even try. I suppose they are doing better than Microsoft though - they just think change==better - morons.