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Posted on April 15, 2005 8:18 PM in Browsers
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I've been meaning to blog about the Acid2 test for a few days now. When I first laid eyes on the actual test I immediately thought, "that's it?" All that's there is some hokey looking smiley with the obligatory "Hello World!" lingering over its head like a geeked-out halo.

As it turns out, though, this "hokey" little test exposes some pretty nasty holes in the CSS support of the major web browsers.

Originally I intended on grabbing screenshots of the test's renderings in Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer and Firefox and putting them all side-by-side to compare against the reference rendering provided by the Web Standards Project. That was before I saw how the test is rendered in Internet Explorer, Opera and Safari. Their renderings are a far cry from that of Firefox.

That isn't to say, though, that Firefox is leading the pack in terms of support, at least as of today. If you've paid any attention at all to Dave Hyatt's blog, you've seen the flurry of fixes he has been making in order to bring Safari up to speed with the standards tested by Acid2. At the same time, and to be fair, I haven't read up much (yet) on the progress that has been made in Gecko. That will change, though, as I've added my email address to the Bugzilla bug being used to track the progress of adding full Acid2 support to Firefox's rendering engine.

As it turns out, odds seem to be in Safari's favor for passing the Acid2 test first, with Opera just a tad behind. However, not everyone agrees. It will be very interesting to see how things progress as developers like Dave Hyatt and David Baron, who have proven they are worth their own weight in gold, compete to meet total Acid2 compliance first.

If you're interested in the Acid2 test, I highly suggest reading Acid2 is up, Acid2 Let Loose, A shot across IE's bow (including Robert Scoble's response) and Interview with Hakon Wium Lie.


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