Opera's Small-Screen Rendering™

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[Opera's] new software will help transform the wireless Web from a misnomer into a reality.

The Economist

I think it's absolutely phenomenal technology.

Michael Gartenberg, Jupiter Research

I could access all sorts of Web sites I didn't think I'd be able to view properly.

Emory Lundberg, Assoc. Ed. O'Gradys Powerpage

[Opera's] new software will help transform the wireless Web from a misnomer into a reality.

The Economist

I think it's absolutely phenomenal technology.

Michael Gartenberg, Jupiter Research

I could access all sorts of Web sites I didn't think I'd be able to view properly.

Emory Lundberg, Assoc. Ed. O'Gradys Powerpage

Most sites are written for, and tested exclusively on desktop computers with large color monitors. Mobile wireless devices typically have much smaller screens, and until today, it has been a challenge to present Web pages on these. Opera's Small-Screen Rendering™ technology intelligently reformats today's Web sites to fit inside the screen width, thereby eliminating the need for horizontal scrolling.

How do we do it?

Opera's Small-Screen Rendering™ technology enables access to all the content available on the Internet today. Even before this innovation, it was of course possible to browse the Web with Opera. The problem is that most sites are designed with fixed widths that make them hard to navigate on small handheld devices.

As an example, most news sites have a center column where the main article text is located. This column is usually 468 pixels wide (due to the standard ad-banner sizes) and the text is set to fill this width. This means that to read an article, you would have to scroll back and forth for every line of text.

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With Small-Screen Rendering™, the page is reformatted to fit inside the screen width and eliminate the need for horizontal scrolling. All the content and functionality is still available, it is only the layout of the page that is changed. This innovation is the key enabler for surfing on a mobile device.

See Opera's CEO demonstrate Small-Screen Rendering™ on news.com.

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The small screen rendering is awesome. It looks great, no need for horizontal scrolling. And it is very fast! I am really impressed.

Michael Jerz, My-Symbian.com

Test SSR

With the release of Opera 7, Small-Screen Rendering™ was made available for testing in a desktop browser for the first time. Just download the latest version of Opera for Windows, open a Web page and hit Shift+F11.

When surfing Opera's homepage in SSR view, you will notice that the SSR is turned off. This is due to that a "handheld" stylesheet is activated. In order to experience how SSR is performing please chose another site.

Opera has been released to a number of Series 60 phones. Opera is also available for download for all Sony Ericsson P800 and P900 users: Opera for P800/P900

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