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Opera 9.50 beta 2

Posted on Friday, April 25 2008 @ 13:07:44 CEST by

User Interface

  • Full text history search is now part of the address field, with better results and better performance.
  • Introduced a new security notification scheme in the address field; see Security.
  • Added alternative tab-closing behaviors. The preferences now include the following options when closing a tab:
    • Activate the last active tab (default)
    • Activate the next tab
    • Activate first tab opened from current tab
  • New spatial navigation highlighting, similar to the one used in Opera Mini 4 and the Wii browser.


  • Ctrl+Left and Ctrl+Right for Back and Forward are no longer specific to Mac, but also apply to Windows/Unix.
  • "Save Draft" shortcut Ctrl+S removed due to the new autosaving of drafts (change is not new but was not listed in previous documentation).
  • Shortcut for "Add attachment" in the compose window is now Ctrl+O instead of Ctrl+S.
  • Shortcut Ctrl+Enter now sends a message, in addition to Ctrl+Shift+S.
  • Changed the handling of "Delete" in mail filter views, with Shift+Del for "Move to Trash" and Del for "Remove from Filter View", in place of Ctrl+X.
  • Shortcut for "Duplicate Tab" has been removed.
  • Shortcut for "Reopen Closed Tab" has been changed from Ctrl+Alt+Shift+Z to Ctrl+Shift+T

Changes in Keyboard Shortcuts between Opera 9.27 and 9.50 Beta 2

Mail, Chat, and Feeds

  • Improved IMAP performance and reliability.
  • Faster startup times on systems with NTFS and ReiserFS file systems.
  • Improved search results in Opera Mail when using Quick Find.
  • Opera can now be set as the default mail application from the control panel.
  • Improved feed download speed when there are many existing feed messages.
  • Reduced CPU usage when downloading torrents.
  • Numerous bug fixes and optimizations.

Display and Scripting

  • Added MathML support. See the article on Dev.Opera.
  • Opera now cloaks document.all. See the discussion on Hallvord's blog.
  • Improved performance of Web pages with XMLHttpRequest (AJAX).
  • Added support for getClientRects and getBoundingClientRect.
  • Added support for the CSS color and background-color properties for the ::selection pseudo-element.


  • Zero bytes in encodeURIComponent and encodeURI are now handled correctly.
  • Unicode escapes can no longer be used to put non-identifier characters into identifiers.
  • getSVGDocument is now supported in an iframe.
  • createDocumentType now throws an exception for malformed qualified name.
  • Fixed NodeFilter returning true => 1.
  • Fixed HTMLTableRowElement.rowIndex and .sectionRowIndex returning undefined for table rows created via DOM.
  • HTMLButtonElement.type now defaults to "submit".
  • Fixed form control collection not indexed by name when outside the main document tree.
  • Fixed Range.surroundContents().
  • Fixed insertNode to not collapse range.
  • Fixed removeNamedItem() and removeNamedItemNS() to throw a not-found error.
  • Fixed NodeIterator to function well also under dynamic changes.
  • Fixed Date.UTC() to do proper 1900 year offsetting.


  • All mail and history searching now occurs in a separate processor thread.
  • Opera Link now synchronizes notes, in addition to bookmarks and Speed Dial entries.
  • New search.ini includes Google Images and Wikipedia.
  • Improved compatibility with Gmail 2.


  • Improved back-end for Fraud Protection, now enabled by default.
  • Added support for Extended Validation (EV) certificates.
  • Added automatic updates of root certificates.
  • Introduced a new security notification scheme in the address field:
    • gold lock on green field for secure sites with Extended Validation
    • silver lock on yellow field for regular secure sites
    • question mark on gray field for HTTPS sites with problems
    • no notification for normal sites
    • fraud warning on red field for blacklisted sites
  • Opera now distinguishes between local servers on localhost, intranet servers, and remote servers on the Internet. Local servers can use remote resources, but not vice versa.

Windows-specific changes

  • Improved performance of painting on Web pages demanding graphics-intensive operations.
  • Windowless mode for Silverlight 1.1 now works.

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