Oslo, Norway – March 16, 2005
Opera Software ASA today released a Beta 3version of the next Opera browser for desktop, introducing native ScalableVector Graphics (SVG 1.1 Tiny) to further advance Web sites andapplications. Opera is the first browser to natively support SVGtechnology as part of its continuing effort to provide the fastest, mostsecure and state-of-the art browser on the market.
“We believe SVG will enter mainstream Web design in the future and we arevery pleased to add native support in the Opera browser”, says Hakon WiumLie, CTO, Opera Software. “We will work with other vendors to ensure thatSVG can be used interoperably on the Web.”
“As the Internet is maturing we see that most new Web sites are no longerstatic displays of information, but rather complex online applicationsthat use advanced Web technologies to enable improved interactivity,speed, and services,” says Jon S. von Tetzchner, CEO, Opera Software. “Itis only natural that Web browsers support Web technologies natively,rather than by having to keep adding plug-ins. By integrating SVG support,Opera continues its tradition of bringing innovation to the Web andsetting the de-facto standard for Web browsers.”
Opera’s desktop browser has undergone dramatic improvements in performanceand security, with new features such as anti-phishing technology. NativeSVG 1.1 Tiny support has been integrated in Opera’s Core code for the nextdesktop release, and will be available also on other devices shortly. Thecompany is preparing for the launch of the final version of its nextdesktop browser, and the Beta 3 version is available as a free download from www.opera.com.
For a demo of native SVG support, download Opera Beta 3 and visit www.opera.com/features/svg/
Learn more about SVG at www.w3.org/Graphics/SVG/About.html