Too many people see the Web a bit like television: who ever heard of incompatible content? If there is an error, it’s because the TV set is broken, or maybe the antenna. On the Web, it is much more likely that the content is invalid, but try to explain that to users who just want to buy their holiday or see their bank account…
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It was a great interview, but the quote
The smaller browsers can sometimes do small improvements, but mostly they wait for the big ones to take the hit and educate the users.was a bit unfair. Opera generally do it the other way around, and we are often too strict to the standard, so have to evangelise about why things break, when they work in other browsers. We don’t wait for them to take the it and follow them. Web Forms 2 is an example of a technology we added first, that is designed to be backwards compatible, but in practice isn’t 100% that way du to sites using custom attributes for validation and such. We took the hit and reached out to sites that broke due to this. There are quite a lot of other examples too. Capturing events in addEventListener is another example.
Opera has definitely put a browser scene a step forward. It can’t be underestimated.
Considering a market share is 1 thing but in the technological point of view I have to agree the above statement. Who brought in tabs and when did these appear on IE, the biggest player on the market? And the status of CSS2.1 in IE is also widely known. What hit exactly are we talking about apart from security flaws, non-standard rendering and awkward framework?