Developers to blame.
In an interesting turn of events, which we view as positive news for its users, Opera Software will soon be releasing an experimental build of Opera Mobile Emulator, which will use WebKit prefixes to combat ignorant web developers. In addition to that, since it will be integrated into Opera’s core, you can expect to see same prefixes across all Opera web browsers in the near future.
Why do it? According to .net, such decision was made because Opera is “terrified of being outdone in the mobile marketplace” and the “large number of mobile websites designed exclusively for WebKit”. “Opera’s decision sets an incredibly poor precedent, allowing any vendor to implement any vendor prefix any way that vendor wants. That’s incredible fragmentation of the web.”
Furthermore, according to the source, “Mozilla and Microsoft will be joining Opera and will support some of the WebKit prefixes, “This is because too many authors of mobile sites only use the WebKit-prefixed version, and not even the standard, unprefixed one, when it is available. This leads to a reduced user experience on Opera, Mobile Firefox and Mobile IE, which don’t receive the same shiny effects, such as transitions, gradients and the like, even if the browser supports those effects.”
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