Whilst browsing the Internet today I came across this great letter, which contained a link to a blog written by Internet Explorer and how IE9 is going to eventually almost comply to the acid 3 test (although the time that happens the acid 4 test will have been released and IE9 won't have a chance!).
This led me to wonder how the current array of popular and up-to-date browser versions are complying with the acid 3 test as it stands today. The results were interesting in some cases, bhut as you would expect them to b in others. Continue reading to find out how they all did!
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Here is a picture of the acid 3 test completed and how it should look in a browser that adheres to it's strict ruleset.
Might as well start with a browser that we would all expect to do pretty well on this test, if not pass (and for this test a pass is getting 100% in each criteria, which is no easy feat!). Below is the image for Firefox 3.6.3 (which I believe is the latest build of Firefox 3).
The other thing to note here is that the colour matching wasn't perfect either. There were two instances where the colours transition didn't hit the mark, which again is quite poor. On a side note here I will also add that the animation wasn't at all smooth, but that may have something to do with the computer issues I'm currently having.
All in all, not a very good result for the popular browser... you might even call it an epic fail! I was expecting a flawless victory personally!
For the Chrome test I used the most recent version I have on my PC, which is 126.96.36.1994 (build 45376). The results of this browser/version were:
One thing I would like to note here (and this is what led me to conduct this test in the first place) is that on a different Chrome browser (my work one) when I ran the test I got something that more resembled the IE8 test (which you will see below). I was ultimately shocked, and try it many times always with the same result. I will find out what version of Chrome it was and hopefully capture a screenshot as proof later on!
The result for Safari 4 (particular version 4.0.5 build(531.22.7)) can been seen below:
As you can see (expectedly) the results were exactly those of Chrome 4 (seeing as they are based on the same rendering engine). The animations were very smooth, although not quite so as Chrome, and all the colours appeared in the right places. A little dull that test!
Not bad! Might have to have a play with Opera 10 to see how far it has come since I last tried it!
Internet Explorer 8
So that leaves our favourite browser vendor, Internet Explorer 8.0.7600.16385! Surprisingly, I didn't have aprticularly high hopes that IE would get anywhere near the target, although I was hoping and praying that it would do better than I expected. And did it? See for yourself...
Did you really expect anything else? What was worse is that in order for it to actually complete the test properly I had to install a plug-in for MSXML, which then produced that lovely popup as a 'feature' of the test.
Suffice to say, nothing worked as expected and the big 'FAIL' in the top-right kind of says it all. I have been reading that Internet Explorer 9 is going to be passing this test, and they are getting close. All I can say to that is, don't hold your hopes high!
So there you have it. The latest browsers, the results, the surprises and the expectations! If you would like me to add any other browsers to this just let me know and I'll see what I can do. I decided to just go for the latest because of the developments that they are said to offer.
Comments welcome, as always!