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opera mini won't handle file[colon]///

  • Opera Mini is very good.
    It never hanged once on my android machine.

    but it has a shortcoming, that is, it can't open local htm/html files.
    a link begins with file[colon]/// will render unknown protocols.
    (file[colon]/// is a common protocol for a browser to open local files.)

    any workaround?

    hope it will handle local files in next version.

  • i found a workaround.

    i uploaded the html file to the user web storage provided by Opera.

    then i opened that html file from the web with opera mini.

    then i had opera mini save the page into opera's own local repository on my android phone.

    now opera mini is able to open that page from its local repository even though i delete its orginal file on the opera web.

  • Other than that, mini transcoder is the localhost so you can't open any file from there.

  • Originally posted by dirgas:

    Other than that, mini transcoder is the localhost so you can't open any file from there.

    but i can do that with the built-in browser shipped with Android.
    Its built-in brower is able to handle file[colon]///

  • Originally posted by williamwclee:

    Originally posted by dirgas:

    Other than that, mini transcoder is the localhost so you can't open any file from there.

    but i can do that with the built-in browser shipped with Android.
    Its built-in brower is able to handle file[colon]///

    Mini is different: it's a thin client that displays what the Opera Mini server prepares. When you enter a URL in Mini, the Mini client sends the request to Opera Central. An Opera server visits the public page, and does all the heavy lifting there. Opera Central then creates and sends back a page view built for your device. Your Mini client displays that page. Mini never talks to anything but Opera servers.

    It's a trade-off. It saves both bandwidth and processing power (the full page read and script processing gets done by an Opera server), but it also means Mini can't visit any page that's not on the public interwebs, whether a file on your device or a different device - a dvr, for example - behind your firewall (unless that box can be addressed publicly).

    The Android browser - and any other full featured browser - does the work from your phone, and has access to files on your phone and devices in your local network.

    Hope this helps.

    -jk

  • Originally posted by jmwking:

    Originally posted by williamwclee:

    Originally posted by dirgas:

    Other than that, mini transcoder is the localhost so you can't open any file from there.

    but i can do that with the built-in browser shipped with Android.
    Its built-in brower is able to handle file[colon]///

    Mini is different: it's a thin client that displays what the Opera Mini server prepares. When you enter a URL in Mini, the Mini client sends the request to Opera Central. An Opera server visits the public page, and does all the heavy lifting there. Opera Central then creates and sends back a page view built for your device. Your Mini client displays that page. Mini never talks to anything but Opera servers.

    It's a trade-off. It saves both bandwidth and processing power (the full page read and script processing gets done by an Opera server), but it also means Mini can't visit any page that's not on the public interwebs, whether a file on your device or a different device - a dvr, for example - behind your firewall (unless that box can be addressed publicly).

    The Android browser - and any other full featured browser - does the work from your phone, and has access to files on your phone and devices in your local network.

    Hope this helps.

    -jk

    no wonder opera mini responds so swift and never got hanged on my android.

    what if the opera server is down? opera mini won't be able to go anywhere?

    it is interesting to note that what will happen to opera mini when the opera server is down.

  • Well, Bolt (as Shark) is functional with some chinese servers. Operators can use a leased line (Vodafone with squid web proxy) but I think that will not work without Opera's back-end.

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