Opera ditches browser scrolling for "pages"
By Nicole Kobie in Oslo
Posted on 11 Oct 2011 at 08:15
Opera has unveiled a new Reader system that ditches scrolling on websites in favour of flippable pages.
The Norwegian browser maker is looking to remove the side scroll bar for documents or articles in favour of "pages" of a set-size, similar to an ebook.
“With native support for pages, we've removed the scroll bar,” said chief technology officer Hakon Wium Lie at a press event in Oslo.
Doing pages on screen will be very important, especialy for tablets, but also for other devices we have coming
Text can be reflowed into a column layout, and ads will be moved into the right spot in the text, with different ones displayed depending on the orientation of the device. Pages are flipped with gestures on tablets or with mouse clicks on the desktop.
It's an “opportunity to rethink the ads on the web and the user interface”, said Wium Lie.
It's achieved with as little as a few lines of CSS, using the "overflow" tag or a new version of the "float" function; there are more complicated coding methods for developers looking for greater control.
The page system would make it easier to read web content using tablets without having to resort to apps, and Opera has previously pushed to keep content open on the web rather than tucked away in applications.
"This reflects the next step," said Wium Lie. "Doing pages on screen will be very important, especialy for tablets, but also for other devices we have coming."
Opera said users will be able to switch back to scroll bars if they prefer.
The system is still in a pilot, but "this will get out quite soon", Wium Lie promised.
All they need to do is have the ability to change font size and it will make the web more accessible - hint: poach ireader's method
By dyagetme1 on 11 Oct 2011
So if someone's desktop size is 1024x768 and they are looking at a page designed for 1366x768, will there be scroll bars then?
By virtx on 11 Oct 2011
By SparkyHD on 11 Oct 2011
I came to this article ready to hate the idea, but if it is an option that designers can use to break web pages into non-scrolling chunks, then my attitude is suddenly "Why wasn't this done years ago?" I am not certain how feasible it is in practice, but I think it's well worth trying and I for one would love the option.
By Sergerichard on 13 Oct 2011
What of it
I believe Opera has somewhere between 1 - 2 per cent browser market share, and do not think this feature will change it.
By arichter on 23 Oct 2011
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