Archive for October, 2004

Opera's Rank With Linux Users

October 29, 2004 Comments off

In early November Linux Journal asked their readers to complete a survey for the 2004 Readers’ Choice Awards on their favorite software packages, tools, etc. This is the first year that Linux Journal included Opera in the list of possible answers to their favorite web browser question.

The results are out Konqueror retained its second place position with Mozilla again taking first. Opera took third and Galeon ended up in fifth place. Firefox was not offered as a choice.

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The Future Browser

October 28, 2004 4 comments

When the browser was initially developed, it was for browsing the web. Since then, it has been used also for POP/IMAP mail, RSS, and more. This is all about to change, according to David Weinberger.

David is predicting that Google will create a browser not only for surfing the web, but also for much much more.

It would not be a Web browser. It’d be a world browser. It would find pages on the Web, of course, but it’d also find the ones on my desktop (Google desktop). It would know about my email (Gmail). It would know that my own photos are categorically different from all the other jpgs on the planet (Picasa). It would let me browse the physical earth (Keyhole) and show on a map the documents that talk about any particular place (Keyhole + Google Local). And it wouldn’t be just a browser. It would let me work with the information I’ve found: Manage my photos (Picasa), manage my desktop files, translate documents (Google Languages), shop…

What effect will this have on other browsers? Will smaller browsers be able to compete with the vast resources Google has? Or will they fall by the way side just as Netscape did? This brings up some interesting questions about the new browser war that is starting to brew again.

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Opera 7.60 Preview 2 for Windows/Linux Available

October 26, 2004 Comments off

Opera has just released Preview 2 for version 7.60.

Some of the Changes:

View the complete list of changes for Windows and for Linux.

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How to Handle Malformed HTML

October 25, 2004 2 comments

The debate on how to handle malformed html has been going on for quite some time. Malformed html can be described as html that does not conform to the W3C’s standards, in particular when Microsoft and some others create their own extensions to html.

The root of this problem is that html is so easy to write, that it doesn’t take much expertise to create a web page. And often, these inexperienced web page writers take advantage of IE’s tolerance on malformed html by testing it just in IE. And to make matters even worse, since IE renders malformed html and while most other browsers would ignore the problem html, some web developers are led to believe that IE has better support for html.

With valid html when you specify, for example, <table>…</table> you would expect a table. However, if you didn’t follow the rules, according to the W3C standards, it is to ignore those tags in question. If each browser were to make a guess, they would have a different display of the same page. And even different views between the various versions of the same browser. And this is why bad html should not be rendered.

The fact that malformed html should not be rendered, doesn’t mean that the browser should crash in that event. It seems that all browsers are guilty of this. IE always crashes. Opera on occasion will also crash. Here is how to make Opera crash. Create an html file with the following.
< HTML> < TBODY> < COL SPAN=999999999>
Don’t add any of the closing tags, save as an html file and open in Opera … crash.

This is a discussion for another time on whether the browser should crash on malformed html. Stay tuned.

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Add Google Desktop to Opera's Default Search Query

October 22, 2004 2 comments

Although Google claims that Google Desktop works only in Internet Explorer, it seems to work fine in Opera 7.50. I have added it to the integrated search window on the browser by editing the search.ini file.

Here is a snippet from my search.ini

The search.ini file can be located in Opera directory. Note, if you have enabled multiple profiles, you must use the search.ini in your profile (i.e. On windows C:\Documents and Settings\USER_NAME\Application Data\Opera\Opera75\profile\search.ini).

[Search Engine 5]
Name=Google Desktop
Is post=0
Search Type=5

For more details on how to edit your search.ini file, see here. Or you can download the Search.ini Editor. Make sure to make a copy of the file before you edit it.

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Tabbed Browsing Vulnerability

October 22, 2004 Comments off

Most browsers have been reported vulnerable to the Dialog Box Spoofing Vulnerability, including opera. Inactive tabs can launch dialog boxes so they appear to be displayed by a web site in another tab. This can be exploited by a malicious web site to show a dialog box, which seems to originate from a trusted web site. To see if your browser is affected by this vulnerability, use this test.

Possible Solution.

Tie the dialog box to the tabbed window that opened it and only show it when its parent window is active.

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