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Date: Friday, 19 Apr 2013 13:28
In 2007, I added a CSS Quick Reference Panel to my public panels collection to make it easy to find all those new CSS3 properties, @-rules etc that were starting to get used by then. This was inspired by Eric Meyer's CSS 2.1 Quick Reference, and nowadays supersedes it as almost all browsers in active use support many CSS 3 features - see the excellent caniuse.com for up-to-date information on browser support.

This panel was originally hosted at my employer-provided webspace on people.opera.com/rijk/panels/. Since I left Opera Software last year, Opera's admins have been so friendly to leave a redirect in place from there to my personal webspace at my ISP - so if you use it, it's a good idea to update your bookmarks :)

Recently I've updated this CSS Quick Reference, hence this blog post. I hadn't touched it since 2010, while the CSS Working Group has been quite busy these last few years. So there was a lot to add! Just this morning a new CSS 3 working draft was added, 'CSS Overflow Module Level 3', which is of course also included. I've only excluded the really old CSS 3 modules, those that haven't been updated after CSS 2.1 became a final Recommendation.

I've now also made a CSS Quick Reference page available, which uses an iframe to show the content of the specs. This way, those without a panel or sidebars sporting browser can also make use of this resource. At the same time I've updated the styles, so it looks a bit fresher and works better in all modern browsers. Alas, that meant ditching the now deprecated 'system color' and 'system font' styles. On the plus side, the html code is now minimalistic HTML5. The sidebar/panel version is also suited for use in mobile browsers with a smallish screen, since I added a <meta name=viewport content="width=device-width"> element.

In the same way I've refreshed the style of the HTTP/1.1 panel that I stole from Hallvord. This one is also suitable for mobile use, and gets a HTTP/1.1 page using an iframe as well.
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "panels, mobile, browsers, css"
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Date: Tuesday, 04 Sep 2012 10:24
Change is in the air. In October I'll start in a new job, leaving Opera behind me after more than 11 years working there. I've been working from my home in the Netherlands all those years, with regular visits to Oslo HQ to keep in touch with my colleagues. Now I'll be working for a smallish Dutch Web company, from their office, and so I'll have to get properly dressed each day. Just kidding, I've always been dressed when working : -)

I'll revert to being an Opera fan, like I was before Sue and HÃ¥kon invited me to work for them. And I'll keep following the continued development of the browser on all platforms. I'm using it on an Android tablet right now to write this blog post for example! A pity there's no M2 on Android... I will surely miss interacting with all the devoted fans out there, thanks a lot for your feedback over the years.
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "end"
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Date: Sunday, 20 Feb 2011 01:21
76. That's the percentage of people in the Desktop team using Opera Mail. 12% uses Thunderbird and 10% uses Apple Mail.

I did a quick check on the mail clients used by members and ex-members of the Desktop team, who have posted at least one message to our internal team mailing list in the last two years and a few months. Excluded: Opera people from other departments who sometimes post to this list; summer students, and messages sometimes sent from the webmail interface of our work accounts. We also have a lone Emacs user. He's a recent convert from the Core team though, where you can also find cases of Kmail, Mutt and Alpine. I've also spotted a case of Sylpheed from a sysadmin. And then there's one developer who has never send a message using a desktop mail client at all :)

Other interesting facts: one Desktop developer finally upgraded (for mail use) from Opera 6.06 to 10.60 during the previous year. And in the time period where I looked at, one developer switched from Kmail to Opera Mail, and one from Opera Mail to Apple Mail. Not a very adventurous bunch here when it comes to mail clients :)
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "opera, mail, team"
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Date: Saturday, 12 Feb 2011 15:04

One of the news items last week: Mozilla Firefox wants to speed up their release schedule. Apparently they plan to release not just Firefox 4 this year, but also Firefox 5, 6 and 7! They are spurred on by Chrome of course, which is getting out its feature upgrades at breakneck speed. Though I suspect many Chrome users hardly notice - one of the disadvantages of Chrome's silent upgrades is that users are not aware that they are using a newer version with new features :)

I think that the people who read my blog will be aware that, while Opera still uses rather classical version numbers, we've already moved to a schedule of multiple feature releases in a year. Quite different from the 'almost once a year' releases that Firefox manages, never mind the (recent) two-yearly schedule of Internet Explorer (wikipedia). Here's an overview of the last 5 years of Opera releases:

VersionDateCool features (add "tons of fixes" to each cell yourself)
Opera 11.502011Speed Dial extensions; Password sync. Core 2.9: more HTML 5 support
Opera 11.10April 2011Speed Dial changes; URL Filter API; Plugin install wizard; Special use IMAP folders support; Core 2.8: CSS 3 Multicol, CSS 3 Viewport, CSS 3 Gradients, WOFF, File API, WebP
Opera 11.00December 2010Opera Extensions; Search suggestions; Tab stacking; Visual mouse gestures; Safer Address field; Mail panel; Mail integration of labels and filters; Plug-in on-demand; Core 2.7: CSS 3 Paged Media, CSS 3 Text, more HTML 5 support
Opera 10.60July 2010Core 2.6: Geolocation, Offline Web Apps, Web Workers, WebM video format
Opera 10.50March 2010Core 2.5: Native JSON, CSS 3 rounded corners, CSS 3 transforms and transitions, HTML 5 Video, Web Storage; Carakan JavaScript engine; Opera Widgets for Desktop; Vega graphics and UI revamp; Improved OS integration; Private browsing
Opera 10.10November 2009Opera Unite
Opera 10.00September 2009Core 2.2: Webfonts, Acid 3, CSS Colors, CSS Selectors, SVG improvements; inline spell check; Auto-update; Opera Turbo; Visual tabs; HTML mail compose; Crashlogging
Opera 9.6October 2008Feed preview; Mail features
Opera 9.5June 2008Core 2.1: SVG improvements; Opera Link; Opera Dragonfly; Quick Find (address field search); SSL-EV
Opera 9.2April 2007Speed Dial
Opera 9.1December 2006Fraud protection
Opera 9.0June 2006Core 2.0: Canvas, Web Forms 2.0, XSLT, XPath, Rich text editing, Acid 2; Opera Widgets; Bittorrent; Site Preferences; Content Blocking; Integrated Source Viewer, opera:config

(data picked from the excellent Opera version history document)

I'm no spokesman for Opera Software, but I hope we manage to keep up the release speed from 2010 in this year as well. It would be trendy to call them 12, 13 and 14 instead of (for example) 11.10, 11.50 and 11.60, but I'll leave it to the marketing people to decide on such things :)

BTW, I'm aware that some people will say 'stop adding features, just fix all the bugs first'. So, there's no need to add comments like that. Especially as it is totally unrealistic.

Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "opera, history, browsers"
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Date: Sunday, 06 Feb 2011 20:56
I should really take up blog writing again, so much more permanence than Twitter, or even forum and blog comments! And now Haavard blogged about his ten years at Opera... so I was inspired to write a bit myself :) I started at Opera a few weeks earlier than Haavard, January 2001, and in a special way: without going to the office! How did I manage to get a job where I didn't have to actually go to the office? ...
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "opera, history, life, me, css"
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Date: Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 15:53
The new My Opera interface looks nice. Let's see how this twitter integration works out :D
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On Speed   New window
Date: Tuesday, 23 Mar 2010 01:14
I noticed some pro-Chrome and pro-Opera bitching in the Desktop team blog comments around performance of Opera 10.51 in the Peacekeeper benchmark. I wrote something to use in a comment there, but then I decided to blog it here instead. It's been a while :)

Some choice quotes:

Originally posted by VarunM:

Chrome 5.0.356.2 destroys Opera 10.51 Especially the "Data" section is ridiculous. Chrome was 300% faster than Opera.

Originally posted by Asires:

"Data" is unimportant in rendering. "Rendering" is important. Opera is twice faster than Chrome in rendering.. So, Opera is 200% faster than Chrome.

It is pretty much all nonsense to focus on the details and comparing them across systems, to be honest... It is great that the top-score belongs to Opera for now (though the Chrome developers are of course not resting before they get on top again!), and to see Opera in the front lines on all systems. It shows that the JavaScript developers (and other Core and Desktop developers) must be doing something right :-)

But how well a browser really serves you is a highly personal experience. It depends a lot on what kind of sites you visit, what hardware you run your browser on, your Windows version, and what extra browser features you can use/add/customize/get distracted by. The Peacekeeper benchmark seems to be a bit sensitive of your underlying system, in some cases Chrome beats Opera, in others it is the other way around. I don't think speed will be a limiting factor with either of these modern browsers to enjoy the current web.
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "opera, 10.51, peacekeeper, speed"
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Date: Saturday, 18 Oct 2008 22:07
Now that Opera 9.5+ ships with a set of keyboard shortcuts where cat-owners are protected from accidental exposure to Opera's features by disabling the single-key shortcuts by default, I wanted to expand the shortcuts that can be enabled with the checkbox under 'Tools > Preferences > Advanced > Shortcuts'. After all, there is no need to be careful anymore with single-key shortcuts if only the happy few will enable them! Here's the current list:
1Switch to previous tab2Switch to next tab3Focus next frameShift+3Focus previous frame
4Minimize page5Maximize page | Restore page6Zoom to 100%
7Zoom out 100%8Zoom in 100%9Zoom out 10%0Zoom in 10%
XForwardShift+XFast forwardZBackShift+ZRewind
HShow typed historyILoad all imagesShift+ITri-state image toggleShift+GToggle author/user mode
AHighlight next URLQHighlight previous URLSHighlight next headingWHighlight previous heading
DHighlight next elementEHighlight previous elementVSpeak selection
Some items in this list are relics from the past that I don't need, like the number shortcuts for Zoom (I'm fine with only using '-', '+' and '*'), and the Highlight shortcuts (I much prefer to use Spatial Navigation instead). And some shortcuts are now overcomplicated, because in the past they were made harder to hit accidentally (as well as on purpose). So for my optimized single-key setup, I removed various keys, and returned to 'P' for Print Preview and 'G' for the graphics toggle. Adding a simpler shortcut for toggling User Mode came naturally then: 'U'. And I wanted easier access to spatial navigation. On a numpad 2-4-6-8 work fine, and for notebook keyboards the A-S-D-W keys can be used instead. Looking at the numpad again, I then switched to using 1 and 3 to switch tabs, and 7 and 9 to switch frame focus. Some specific additions for webpage tinkering: 'R' for Refresh display (after editing cached documents) and 'Shift+R' for refreshing after editing user style sheets (yes, there's an action available for that, to prevent having to restart all the time when testing user stylesheets). I've also made 'M' the 'Boss key' to minimize (hide) Opera. This leaves me with this set of single-key shortcuts:
ANavigate leftDNavigate rightWNavigate upSNavigate down
4Navigate left6Navigate right8Navigate up2Navigate down
1Switch to previous tab3Switch to next tab7Focus previous frame9Focus next frame
XForwardShift+XFast forwardZBackShift+ZRewind
GTri-state image togglePToggle Print PreviewRRefresh displayUToggle author/user mode
MHide OperaShift+RReload stylesheetsHShow typed historyVSpeak selection
One problem: there are still lots of keys available! I could use some suggestions for shortcuts for common actions to add to my setup. Preferably with some mnenomic connection between the key and the action :) And no, this is not an announcement of a change in Opera, just some private tweaking.
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "opera, customization, tweak, shortcuts"
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Date: Saturday, 13 Sep 2008 00:05
I've been playing around with a new setup, that should be usable, useful, but also 'small' in a visual sense. So without a menu bar! Almost all Opera functions will be easily accesible. But not necessarily all from the main toolbars, which was what the ribbonesque Twelve setup tried to do. For now I've named it Compact, but suggestions are welcome for something more memorable. (No, not Chrome. Scandium maybe? Zircon?)

Screenshot, small version, composed of five windows showing aspects of the Compact setup

So starting with the Twelve setup, I removed lots of items (though many are still available from the Appearance dialog), moved the navigation controls back to their proper place below the tab bar, and created two menu buttons for access to various actions on the left end of the tab bar: one general menu with the Opera icon, and one with the page icon with page/text specific functions.

The 'manage' pages are hardly used in this setup, which relies on the panels instead. It should be more usable than the Twelve setup for those (like me) who use Opera's mail and chat clients, but note that the toolbars for the Mail and Chat tabs are still quite compact.

To try it out, install the Compact Toolbar 0.10 and the Compact Menu 0.10 that goes together with it, then hide the main menu bar.

BTW, in the screenshot I'm using the Winvista MSO2007 Blue skin.
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "setup, customization, ribbon, opera, scr..."
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Date: Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008 09:56

lightning at sunset
Originally uploaded by wvs

Testing the 'blog this' option from Flickr. This is my current desktop background image.

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Updates   New window
Date: Monday, 28 Apr 2008 23:15
[edit 2008-06-15]Updates updated: made the setups offered here compatible with 9.5 Final. Same URLs, a few new versions.

I'm going from light blogging to no blogging apparently... a bad trend. I'm a little bit active on Twitter now, but not in a way that compares to my past blogging here. When 9.5 Final and Firefox 3 get released, I'll probably make an update for the Top 150 Extensions list.

But my customized setups can already use some updates, the 9.2 versions will have some broken functionality when used with Kestrel builds. So here are provisional 9.5-compatible setups, suitable for Kestrel Beta 2. Copying some description text from a blog post in April 2007 BTW :)

Below you can find the auto-install links, with links to old blog posts for some background info. Remember: use Ctrl+F12 > Advanced > Toolbars to get back to your previous menus, shortcuts and toolbars.

Ribbon-inspired radical setup. Use the menu and toolbar together. Hide the main menu with Alt+F11 after tweaking the shortcuts.

Mail-only setup. Use at least the menu and toolbar together.

More Mail
Sort of a Hugin-lite that adds more mail-specific menus, shortcuts and buttons, but doesn't remove the browsing functionality. Use at least the menu and toolbar together.

Bigger Menus
Just what it says.

Classic Clutter
Return to the toolbar-bonanza of Opera 7.23. With an additional Startbar even...

My Personal Setup
Use at least the menu and toolbar together.
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "setup, opera, ribbon, customization, twe..."
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Date: Sunday, 24 Feb 2008 18:10
Tim has tagged me in an internet game of answers, one...word...at...a...time.

Where is your mobile phone?

Describe your girlfriend:

Your hair:

Your mother:

Your father:

What is your favourite gadget?

What did you dream last night?

What do you prefer to drink?

Dream car?

What room are you currently in?

Your ex?

Your biggest fear?

What do you want to be in 10 years?

Who did you spend last night with?

What are you not?

The last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Favorite book?

The last thing you ate?

Your life?

Your mood?

Your best friends?

What are you thinking about right now?

Your car?

What are you doing right now?

Your Summer?

Marital status?

What is on your TV right now?

When did you last laugh?

When did you last cry?


As usual, I don't tag others. Though my girlfriend just started a (Dutch) blog on Hyves.nl, maybe she can pick it up :)
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "one word, me, life"
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test   New window
Date: Saturday, 09 Feb 2008 23:17

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Date: Friday, 25 Jan 2008 08:27
:beer: :beer: :beer:
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Date: Tuesday, 01 Jan 2008 21:49
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "geek, me"
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CSS Quiz   New window
Date: Tuesday, 20 Nov 2007 10:52
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "me, css"
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Date: Monday, 05 Nov 2007 16:21
For a few years I've been maintaining up-to-date versions of Eric Meyer's HTML 4 Quick Reference and CSS 2 Quick Reference panels/sidebars. Keeping the HTML QR up-to-date is easy, as it never changes, but CSS 2 is slowly progressing towards a CSS 2.1 Recommendation and so changes every once in a while.

The fun part in CSS developments is in the emerging CSS 3 modules. Some have been untouched for years, others get some serious work, and sometimes even new ones get created. The CSS Working Group at the W3C has this Current Work page that you can use to keep track. The most fun is of course the implementation of new properties in browsers, the folks at CSS3.info do a nice job of following that.

But with CSS3 modules starting to become usable for real use on the web, the CSS 2.1 QR needed an update. So I've made a new CSS 3 Quick Reference panel that pulls all the new properties, selectors, at-rules etc together. Come and get it from Rijk's Panelizer!
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "browsers, css"
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Back home   New window
Date: Saturday, 15 Sep 2007 16:57
Today I've been discharged from hospital, so I'm back home behind the laptop again. Great! I can mostly help myself now at home (except for putting on socks and tying shoelaces) and the wound is healing well. No eight-hour working days for me for a while, but it is good to get back in the loop again. Though I've build up a backlog of 600 mail messages already. I'll install build 9523 soon and look at the mail later :)
Author: "address-withheld@my.opera.com.invalid (Rijk)" Tags: "me"
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Walking   New window
Date: Friday, 14 Sep 2007 12:27
Great to be walking again! I now have walk around a lot. Probably going home this weekend.
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Progress   New window
Date: Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 14:03
Today: walking with crutches, not very far yet, and sitting in a chair. A pity the GPRS connection is not so good in this room.
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