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Opera, Netscape, and MS Internet Explorer _part 2_

Browser choices and usage.


Larvef The Wanderer

6:50 am on Aug 11, 2001 (gmt 0)

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Continued from part one: [webmasterworld.com...]

I like Opera. I have actually made it my default browser. Interesting thing, I never new I had mistakes in the code of my web-site untill I looked at it in Opera. IE 5.5 simply ignored them :)

Though I should add that language support in IE is almost perfect: I mean the ease with which you can browse documents in different languages. Those who do it regularly will understand how important it is.

12:47 am on Aug 12, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I built my first website using Lynx. Had to borrow a graphics-enabled computer to see graphics, find graphics and check out how it looked. I still have a fondness for text-heavy sites and still hate frames because of my years on Lynx.

Now I mostly use IE, mostly because I do a lot of internet and sitebuilding support and most users are on IE. Plus, Netscape hasn't been the same for more than a year.

Opera's nice but a lot of 'net plug-ins I've had to use haven't been written for Opera. Someone please go write an ichat plugin for Opera!

7:27 am on Sept 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I preffer IE 5.5 SP2 on W2K for browsing.

For sites I design I test them in NN4+, NN6.1, IE4+

I don't test in Opera, its users account for less than 1% in my logs so it does not pay to pay attention to that.

Besides I don't see why everyone likes Opera so much, seems over-rated.

P.S. take a look in Opera at palm web site, and then in IE... they don't have their drop down menu in opera, I guess I am not alone..

8:52 am on Sept 2, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I love Opera, but is spoiled by a few small problems with some sites.

Most of the time this is down to pages being designed badly or using non-standard HTML.

Some of the time I suspect it is my fault for not having the time to understand Opera properly.

The bottom line for me is not so much whether the 'bells and whistles' work, but how quickly and easily I can do my work.

The downside of IE5 and IE6 for me is the way it handles favorites. Its clunky and feels bad compared to Opera and Mozilla/Netscape recent builds.

The downside of Opera (at least with my configuration) is that if I type in a bad URL it does not retain the bad URL for me to edit - just junks it and makes me retype the whole thing, I find this irritates me 3-4 times a day, (yeah, I know, I should type better)

As a more serious problem, neither N6.1/Mozilla or Opera will work with Positiontech (for my Inktomi registrations) or with my Plesk server control panel. This seems to point at the Java module, which I believe they share.

Bottom line - I use all three, but would prefer to use Opera more.

9:29 pm on Sept 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

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I support Opera with my DHTML API. I admit that developing DHTML for Opera can be quite frustrating now. But I admire the fact that Opera is the most standards-compliant browser out there (except for DHTML). And they have a very loyal following. I do believe that Opera will be the next browser to support W3C DOM2.
9:34 pm on Sept 3, 2001 (gmt 0)

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>Someone please go write an ichat plugin for Opera!

Opera supports Netscapes Plugin API. If the plugin is available for Netscape, it will run under Opera.


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