Watching the World

My Newest Discovery About the Opera Browser

An Wordy Aside From The Usual Pictorial Piffle

I have used Opera on and off as a secondary browser for several years.

I started with Opera 3, which billed itself as "the fastest browser on earth". It certainly outstripped IE 5 (and 5?) on the crummy machine running Windows 98 at work. Admittedly that's not much of a benchmark.

I've also tried Opera 7 - "the most standards-compliant browser on earth". Note, not actually "standards-compliant", just moreso than the others!

More recently (also on a crummy machine, running Windows XP at work) I've installed Opera . . . 11 (claims to be 9.5)?

It does run faster than IE8, after a very delayed launch. (Probably the crummy machine effect again. ) Standards-compliant? Not sure - it screws up some pages that FireFox and IE8 have no problems with.

Today I discovered that it has a built-in "Navigation Bar". This is a grey strip along the top (customisable) with several entries like "Home" and "Next".

Trouble is, they didn't seem to do anything!

I tried the Opera Help, which says that the links work with web-pages that work with them(!) "by supplying information". Absolutely no clue as to WHAT information or how to supply it.

After a search I found a site that explains how they work - dated 2002! So this feature has apparently been around for almost a decade without most people being aware of it.

It all hinges on the use of the link tag, and is nothing more than an implementation of the features described in an hoary old HTML 4 book by Thomas Powell.

These have been around forever (actually HTML 2 according to Molly Holzschlag; probably an SGML legacy) but were never much implemented . . . until ten years ago.

I'll follow up with some details of using them. Of course, they only work in Opera (and allegedly "Mozilla"; FireFox doesn't seem aware of them).

Hastings Pier.

Church Tower.

Last of the Summer (whine).

Along Came A Spider.

Among the Ruins.


Gone Fishin'.


The Harveys Brewery.

The Graingel.

Sunset on Trees.

Average Sized Redwood?

Dark skies.

Blog emerging @ - oh no, it's dead.