Nobody really does. It's all in jest, and it's because dhn is poking fun at me for actually making a comment about Opera 9.5 compatibility with Win98
. It's like, who cares?? And that's probably true.
Not to change the subject, but there are two things about Opera as a "project" that make it's life difficult, I think. The first is its "values":
Why does Opera always emphasize that it follows W3Cs standards?
Opera believes in an Internet where everyone can meet, innovate and thrive. For this to happen certain international standards must be followed by everyone. The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) [www.w3.org
] develops interoperable technologies (specifications, guidelines, software, and tools) that make this possible. We don't want to own or monopolize the Internet, we want an Internet that stays true to its true ideals....
The second is its chief competitor:
Why is Opera's default identification set to Internet Explorer?
Opera needs to identify itself as Internet Explorer, as some sites simply will not let Opera in. This includes many Microsoft sites and others. Some sites also fail without warning if the user tries to identify the browser as Opera or as an unknown browser. This is particularly true for sites running Microsoft IIS server, since Microsoft introduced a method that makes all unknown browsers fail and decided not to include Opera on the list of known browsers.
Together, these two things cost Opera, perhaps a great deal. For example, not a few web-based applications run in Microsoft environments. I work with one that is in the process of certifying Firefox (currently IE7 is the sole supported browser); Opera has no chance of even getting on the table.
So, should Opera do what Mozilla has done to a degree and figure, if you can't beat 'em, join 'em?
We should talk less, and say more.