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Arena is a graphical web browser consisting entirely of free software. Its origins predate proprietary packages such as Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mosaic. It is the source of a number of innovations which have since been copied by other web browsers, such as HTML tables and style sheets.
Arena has been created at the World Wide Web Consortium as a testbed browser for HTML3.0 and CSS1. Although it has not full implementation of CSS1 and HTML3.2, Arena continues to be a very useful tool for experimenting with and promoting style sheets.
Now Yggdrasil Computing and the free software community are turning Arena into a full-featured free alternative to proprietary browsers. Please see our press release for more information.
You may wish to have a glance at these screen snapshots of Arena:
Here is an excerpt:
Dave Raggett first implemented a browser to render documents conforming to the HTML+ specifications which he worked on. HTML+ is now known as HTML3, and Arena's primary purpose is still to be a testbed for HTML3 documents. From July 1994, Håkon W Lie of CERN worked with Dave to extend Arena in several directions. First, it was modified to take advantage of the library of common code, now known as the W3C Reference Library. Also, Arena was ported to all major unix platforms and made available on the net. Henrik Frystyk Nielsen was responsible for the library while at CERN and has continued this work for the W3C at MIT. From release 0.96, Arena has included experimental support for Cascading Style Sheet, and Håkon Lie continued this work for the W3C at INRIA/Sophia Antipolis. Yves Lafon has joined the team and is completing support for forms and style sheets. We're grateful to many external collaborators.
The last one (``beta-3'') supports elements of HTML3, including tables, math and experimental style sheets. There are bugs and shortcomings, so be sure to set you expectations accordingly.
An internationalized version of Arena beta-3a has been done by OMRON. You can download their source code.
Now Yggdrasil has arranged to take over the Arena web browser from the World Wild Web Consortium. The public Yggdrasil Arena public announcement occurred in February, 1997.
Yggdrasil has done 3 ``beta'' development releases:
Yggdrasil has upgraded the code, so now it uses the W3C Reference Library --- release 5.1k. All other libraries have been upgraded to the latest releases too.
All further changes to the Arena code made by Yggdrasil are covered by the GNU General Public License, effectively GPL'ing Arena.
There are two mailing lists for Arena:
You are are welcome to port Arena to other platforms.
If you are interested in producing and selling a version of Arena for the Microsoft Windows platform, we can offer you a head start. Yggdrasil has signed a contract with Pearl Software to provide the proprietary Pearl X emulator at an extremely economical price to any company interested in producing a version for Microsoft Windows platforms. If you are interested using the Pearl X emulator to produce such a product, please contact Adam Richter (email@example.com).