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Internet Explorer 8 on acid

Posted by Michael Bloch in web development (Saturday January 5, 2008 )

One of the biggest gripes of most web developers regarding Internet Explorer is its W3C standards compliancy and support issues. That seems about to change with Internet Explorer 8.

The IE developer blog announced a couple of weeks back that Internet Explorer 8 has passed the Acid2 Test.

Acid2 is a testing service run by The Web Standards Project (WaSP) – an advocacy group, not a web standards defining body.

The test is meant to assist browser companies ensure their products correctly support features that are part of existing standards. The goal is to have Acid2 render the smiley face properly.

Here’s how it should look – and does look in Internet Explorer 8 according to their development team:

acid2-test.gif

Here’s how it looks in FireFox 2:

acid-test-firefox.gif

And in Internet Explorer 7:

acid-test-explorer.gif

(the words Hello World should also appear above the smiley image)

FireFox 3, due for release very soon is said to render the smiley face correctly. Safari has been able to for a couple of years.

While Microsoft is likely a little (very) late with this huge step forward to lure back die-hard FireFox fans, this news seems to have stunned a lot of the anti Internet Explorer crowd; it’s just something they’d never thought would happen :).

We can expect a release a beta of IE8 in the first half of calendar 2008 – woo hoo!



 

 
2 comments for Internet Explorer 8 on acid
  1. And how does the smiling face looks like in Opera browser?

    :-)

    Comment by DiegoZ — January 30, 2008 @ 3:05 am

  2. Hi DiegoZ,

    What’s an Opera?

    … kidding :). Seriously though, I have no idea.

    Comment by Michael Bloch — January 30, 2008 @ 3:35 am

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