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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

What Opera DS Won't Have

According to IGN, the DS browser won't have Flash, PDF, audio or video capabilities. This really shouldn't surprise anyone. All four of those are generally handled by third party plugins within browsers and I can't imagine the nightmare trying coordinate all that software. Provided it supports plugins in general (and it very well might not), these could be added later.

The mumblevine seems uncertain about whether it will include JavaScript and CSS support to bring it to full Web 2.0 concepts like AJAX. I'm guessing it likely will since there seems to be some indications that it's based on the Opera 9 codeset, but that's unconfirmed. Provided it supports these standards at least moderately well, though, it would be theoretically possibly to design web pages specifically for the DS and possibly provide another medium for games.

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