Saturday, June 23, 2007

Kestrel Is Fantastic

Web developers will like this story big grin

Opera has been working hard to work on the next release dubbed Opera 9.5 since they released Opera 9.0 version last year. Every fix they committed on each build is also integrated in the Opera 9.5 code plus a new addon which will make Opera 9.5 superior than previous version. Here's some highlight of the next Opera 9.5:
- UI usability improvements
- Improved CSS3 support (text-shadow)
- Superior SVG support
- A brand new javascript engine with support for ECMAScript 4 'getters' and 'setters'.
- Screen reader support (accessibility section)
- Platform integration
- Better performance (speed ... speed ... speed)
- Fully supported CSS (based on their test result)

They will release 9.5 weeklies in their blog so people can start testing it before it became the final release.

Meanwhile, Safari also released another update to their beta version of Safari 3.0 for several platforms. Apple does really worked hard to improve their product in the last two weeks by releasing several build so users can see what improvements that already exist on the latest build.

- Opera Developer Blog


  1. Anonymous8:15 PM

    Wow, that's great features... but how about the resource of CPU, it still have fastest load like Opera 9.21 now, or it will more heavy like Firefox+Extension.

  2. dunno about that. I think every improvements will have a trade off for resources, but as long as it won't be as high as Firefox, i think it's acceptable.

    Besides, hardware are getting cheaper and cheaper, so you could build higher PC :D

  3. Anonymous3:00 AM

    Improved CSS support?? That's fantastic. As Opera catches up in features, it'll become used more.

  4. Opera in the past has been able to pass ACID 2 test, which is great, but they want to improve by implementing CSS 3 support (not fully, since the spec is not final yet)