The CSS Regions would have helped ease magazine-like layouts on the Web. But Google's priority now is on performance, not features -- especially mobile browser performance.
Developers may have to adapt to browsers that lose features, such as CSS Variables, as Google and Apple part ways in browser development.
Developers already turned much of their attention to the newer CSS3 version of the Web page formatting technology, but standards have a long lifespan.
Ahead of the Google I/O show, the publishing tool power releases a trial browser to let developers test its ideas to bring magazine layouts to Web publishing.
The tool, designed to open Web publishing to those without Web coding experience, gets contact forms, better widgets, an alignment tool, CSS formatting improvements, and more.
Simple Web site creator allows Internet users to publish sites written in HTML and CSS from the browser window within minutes.
Presenting a polished layout is crucial to newspapers and magazines publishing on the Web. Opera CTO Hakon Wium Lie says the CSS Web standard is adapting accordingly.
Changes with the CSS formatting standard could bring a more book-like look to Web pages. But Opera's proposal will have to be reconciled with Adobe's CSS Regions plan.
WebGL graphics is a highlight of the new alpha build of Opera, but the browser also can accelerate 2D graphics, text, and CSS effects--often on Windows XP.
With CSS shaders, Adobe hopes to bring dynamic, programmable 3D graphics effects to Web content. Apple and Opera back the proposed standard.