Posted by: Anonymous
on June 24, 2008 02:35 PM
Opera strongly supports *open standards* for the web. At SXSW conference, the "browser wars" panel moderator even joked that everytime Opera introduces anything, they strive to work with other vendors to standardize it. Fact is, they advocate an open web based on standards so that each vendor/maker can compete on the merits of the browser.
As for Open Source code, I'll echo all thoughts mentioned here, but add my confusion on the whole "what if the company goes out of business..." argument I've seen several times here. My response is: so what? I understand a Word processor, or music player, or any software package where your data needs to be retrieved for later. But I think that argument holds *much less* water when dealing with web content. As long as the web standards are upheld (see above), then what difference does it make if Opera doesn't exist tomorrow? I'm not going to be denied viewing the same web pages I was yesterday. Opera has bookmarks, contacts and "notes" which can all be exported or emailed.
So if Opera stops existing tomorrow, I fireup my firefox install (my second favorite browser) and browse away. But today, they offer the best experience and the least headaches for me.
*That said, I'm not advocating against Open Source, I would like Opera to do so. I just think Open STANDARDS are much more important... and so does Opera.