Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 19th Aug 2006 02:07 UTC
Opera Software "The DS Browser ends up becoming a bullet point for the Nintendo DS system's capabilities. Yes, the Nintendo DS can now surf the internet. But after the novelty wears off, you probably won't want to", Craig Harris writes in his review. Craig was very kind to send us a DS screenshot rendering the mobile version of OSNews, although the browser seems to interpret "100%" of cell width as 800px wide instead of DS' 256px native resolution. Update: Craig sent us another shot, this time using the "small screen rendering" mode, which looked much better.
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RE: Gimmick
by Eugenia on Sat 19th Aug 2006 02:42 UTC in reply to "Gimmick"
Eugenia
Member since:
2005-06-28

Yup, I have blogged about web browser memory problems on embedded devices here:
http://eugenia.blogsome.com/?s=verizon (search for the word "verizon" if the right article doesn't come up automatically by clicking the link)

Depending on the browser, you need at least 15-20 MBs of *available* RAM to get a good experience out of web browsing these days. And this number is going to go up as more sites move to CSS-only (rendering complex CSS layouts requires more CPU and RAM rather than when rendering plain HTML).

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RE[2]: Gimmick
by Ford Prefect on Sun 20th Aug 2006 23:34 in reply to "RE: Gimmick"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

On the other side, if layout is only (ie correctly) done in CSS, you can have a very good view of every website without considering much of the CSS.

So it should be more easy to write a lightweight browser giving a good view than with older, heavy html, designs.


Lynx is a very good test if a website was done right or wrong...

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RE[3]: Gimmick
by Eugenia on Mon 21st Aug 2006 01:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Gimmick"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

I am not sure I understand you. Creating a css-only browser is not easy, it's in fact more difficult than having HTML 4 support. And a CSS-only web page takes A LOT of CPU. And it won't be compatible with the BULK of mobile/embedded/text browsers. This is why osnews will remain cHTML.

And Lynx is terrible, although very popular. If you want a good text-mode browser try ELinks.

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