Well, God love ’em for trying and all, but what’s wrong with Opera for Macintosh 8.0 beta? Lots.
- Tabs are tabs and not windows. A window and a tab are two different things. A window can have zero tabs or several. Windows are containers for tabs. I don’t know how else to explain something that simple. (Opera calls tabs “windows” and windows “pages.” Opera is wrong.)
- The correct keystrokes to move from tab to tab are either (Shift-)Command-leftarrow/rightarrow or (the Mozilla standard) Ctrl-PgUp/PgDn. These are at least remotely logical in that they refer to movement in some way. But Opera’s Command-F6 and Shift-Command-F6 are not Macintosh browser keystrokes.
- Zooming a Macintosh browser is done with Command-+/−, but try that in Opera and you zoom by 100% increments. (Actually, you seem to zoom down to 60% and never zoom above 100%. I can’t get it to work reliably.) You must press 0 or 9 to zoom in 10% increments. (Just 0 or 9 – no modifiers.)
- Command-F means find in page, not find via Google, as Opera mistakenly believes.
- To open a link in a new tab, I am not wild about having to Shift-Commmand-click; Command-clicking is the Mac standard.
- Tabs and window selection
- When I close a tab, select the next tab, not the previous one. I already saw the previous tab! It’s as if Norwegians don’t have a blogroll that they open every day (readily facilitated by Opera itself) in a number of tabs. When I’m done with one tab, I’m done with that tab. Move me to the next one.
- Tabs are packed too tightly together and the close box is too easy to hit. (Author’s note: I originally wrote that sentence with the homographic duo “Tabs are too close together and the close button is too easy to hit.”)
- Tabs are unidentifiable when you have many of them.
- A new tab opens to the right of the current tab (sometimes desirable, sometimes not).
- It seems impossible to order Opera to save all your passwords and login data. You have to manually specify such for each site through some magic keystroke I can’t remember.
- You have to press Ctrl-Return to actually fill in the saved data. (The help manual says Ctrl-Enter, but that is a different keystroke on Macs, though it also works.)
- It takes a good 20 minutes to somehow manhandle the amorphous mess of Opera toolbars into something a Macintosh user would recognize. Even then, I ended up with four toolbars.
- The toolbars are named in the preferences and the customization screen, but not in the actual toolbars when you’re manipulating them. (Try to keep these straight: Main, Personal, Page, Status, Address, Start, View, and Navigation and Progress Bars.)
- Opera violates convention another way: The Back and Forward buttons aren’t pull-down menus; there’s a separate Back button, however, that is. (Why isn’t there a separate Forward button that’s also a menu? Why are we even making this distinction?)
- The keystrokes are wrong and, given my writing on the topic, I have reason to believe Opera’s implementation is also wrong. I really don’t want images to be zoomed along with text in the majority of cases.
- I also don’t want zoomed pages to zoom right off the edge of the monitor. (Sure, you can hit the space-wasting “Fit page to window width” checkbox in your toolbar, but why would I want the page to exceed my window width?)
- Opera (in all versions I’ve tested) errantly chooses swash characters in OpenType italic fonts.
Default renderings of some elements are ignored: By convention,
delis supposed to be struck out,
You have to manually deselect a well-buried item in preferences in order to type just a domain and have Opera fill in www. and .com (Network → Server name completion). Otherwise it tries to open a file by that name on your computer. How stupid is that?
- When selecting items in preferences, you must click the OK button to place focus on that button, then click it again to activate it.
- Does not support long descriptions. Then again, little other than Mozilla does.
Extremely strict interpretation of
linkelements to call stylesheets. To wit, the entry
link rel=" Stylesheet"will cause Opera not to load any stylesheet because of the leading space. It should ignore such spaces or, if the Norwegians wanted to be pluperfect, load the first
- I don’t know what the matter is, but its print preview ignores this Weblog’s print stylesheet. Yes, I have one, and no, it doesn’t use reverse type. (Any kind of print preview is a huge plus! I still have IE5 around specifically for that purpose. Don’t print a Web page without previewing it first.)
I want to like Opera. The only reason I would contemplate using it in the long term – the only reason – is the fact that it stores the state of your browser even if it crashes. That needs to be standard practice everywhere.