Developers already turned much of their attention to the newer CSS3 version of the Web page formatting technology, but standards have a long lifespan.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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