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Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Mobile Opera With SVG Coming Soon?

German Heise reports that future versions of the Opera browser for mobile devices (smartphones and PDAs) will support SVG. Opera will be working together with Ikivo (former Zoomon).

SVG, Scalable Vector Graphics, are an open W3C-standardized and XML-based format for Flash-like animations and vector graphics. It is known to be somewhat more accessible, but lacks a small plug-in and a widely installed plug-in base to count on. You can download the ASV (the Adobe SVG Viewer) and see some SVG samples of mine. What I really love about SVG is its support for ECMAScript-standardized JavaScript, which can be used to create games and other multimedia applications.

I think Opera is smart to strongly focus on the mobile devices platform, because Firefox is certainly getting a too-strong grip on the “alternate desktop browser” market share. However I’m not too happy with what they created so far for the Symbian OS platform (for Nokia Series 60 and the like); their browser isn’t free, and it’s not half as good as NetFront Access.

More at Opera’s press release.


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