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3.6. Opera 3.5

Though not considered a “major” browser by many — its overall share of the browser market is small compared to Internet Explorer or Netscape Navigator — Opera deserves mention because of its extensive support for CSS. The first major release of Opera in terms of CSS support was version 3.5, which was released in November 1998. The makers of Opera have always prided themselves in terms of adopting the latest CSS specifications from the World Wide Web Consortium and for the longest time CSS support in Opera was far and away better than in any other browser. Opera 3.5 implemented more CSS properties than did the subsequent releases of Netscape Navigator and Internet Explorer. There were only a handful of CSS1 properties it did not fully support, and there were few cases where it didn't at least partially support some CSS property. If you were interested in seriously playing around with CSS code back in 1999, this version of Opera became your “reference” browser for how things ought to have worked. While you are unlikely to run across this release of Opera “in the wild” these days, it represents an important landmark in terms of the adoption of CSS within browsers, and provided a powerful boost to Web authors pushing for standards compliance in more popular browsers.

Figure 3-3. The Opera 3.5 browser displayed.



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