First out was Opera, and then WebKit (which Safari and some other web browsers are based on), to pass the Acid3 test.
I think Opera outed Acid3 support about half a day before the WebKit team announced achieving a score of 100/100. I think this is great news, and I love the chase between web browsers to become better at supporting what web developers need as well as greater part of the standards!
Where will this leave the general web browser market?
In comparison, Firefox 3 beta 4, which will probably be a final release soon, gets a score of 68 out of a 100. Beta 1 of IE 8 scores 18/100, where IE 7 scores 12/100 and IE 6 11/100 (quite an improvement between those three, right? 🙂 )
Also, notice that Microsoft with IE 8 proudly presented passing Acid2 a couple of months ago, so Acid3 is probably far away from their minds.
First, I’m a bit surprised that Firefox is so far behind, second to last with only IE behind it. Secondly, imagine that it takes another year before IE 8 is officially released. This will render them, yet again, 1-2 years behind the rest of the web browser market.
My questions are:
- Should Firefox wait with a release till it gets better Acid3 score,
- Will Microsoft ever come close to catching up? And if not, what should they do to actually release a web browser that is at the forefront of web browser development?
As Lars mentions, you can always discuss whether they actually pass the test in all aspects; no matter what, achieving 100/100 is at least a very good message sent out, according to me.