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Opera 9.5 Now Available for Download

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Opera 9.5 Now Available for Download

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[img_assist|nid=3488|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=250|height=108]What an exciting day for the web and web developers everywhere. The latest version of the Opera browser Opera 9.5 has been released and as of 9:00 AM GMT today Opera 9.5 available for download.

Besides it's slick new black UI, why is it a good day for web developers? Well, look at some of what Opera 9.5 brings to the table:

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  • The browser features better standards support than Opera has ever shipped in previous releases—not only does it have very thorough support for current standards like (X)HTML, XML, XSLT, CSS 2.1, SVG 1.1 and JavaScript, but it also includes support for many aspects of nascent standards such as HTML 5 and CSS 3. Testament to this is Opera passing the Acid 1 and 2 tests, and scoring 83% on the Acid 3 test—check the Acid tests out for yourself here.
  • As well as providing you with killer standards support, Opera has also created a great new set of developer tools to help you debug your HTML, CSS, and JavaScript—the debugging application is called Dragonfly, and there is also a brand new developer menu available. Check out our Dragonfly page for more information on these.
  • Last but not least, Opera will soon be releasing the first part of an education program to help propagate best practices and increase web standards usage on the web. The Opera Web Standards Curriculum will provide a thorough grounding in all the skills you need to be a proficient front end developer, including web background theory, in-depth HTML and CSS, design principles and introductory DOM/JavaScript. Watch this space!

Look out for more from DZone regarding the Opera 9.5 release as well as an interview with David Storey regarding Opera Dragonfly!

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