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Like spoon feeding water to a man who has walked the desert for more than a year, news about IE8 has been slow to come, but Chris Wilson and Dean Hachamovitch cracked open the flood gates a bit today by announcing that IE8 has been able to pass the Acid2 test (yay!!!).

For developers this represents a huge step forward for IE and is hopefully the beginning of it coming more into line with the other more standards compliant browsers out there.

Both the blog post on IEBlog and the Channel9 video do a good job of explaining that while passing Acid2 itself does not automatically standards compliance (as Chris remarked in the video the good thing about standards is there are so many to choose from), Acid2 is basically the benchmark test for demonstrating standards compliance. 

It was also made very clear by both Dean and Chris that developers (though quite loud and usually willing to call it as they see it) are just one of the many audiences that the IE team has to try to please.

While IE8 is a little ways away, today's announcement hopefully shows the commitment the IE team has on supporting developers and not breaking the web.  More news to come at MIX08 (see you there!).

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Posted on Wednesday, December 19, 2007 11:28 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: Praise Almighty, IE8 Passes Acid2

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I was laughing so bad at your comment on spooon feeding... Keep it up
Left by Sri on Dec 20, 2007 4:27 AM

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IE8 DOES NOT PASS THE ACID2 TEST.

That's right. Ask Microsoft. If they ran the actual online Acid2 test with the same browser mentioned above, it would fail as bad as IE7 does.

I'm not sure Microsoft ever "claims" it did pass. They only say it "renders" the smiley face. Actually, it is impossible for IE8 to pass the actual test!

What? How? They doctored the test page and used it offline. That's how. Microsoft smoke and mirrors.
Left by Rob on Jan 12, 2008 1:18 PM

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Does anyone have experience of mobile broadband coverage in Cornwall? I travel down their regularly and am thinking about signing up with a mobile broadband provider but have heard coverage can be poor in some rural areas. I’ve been looking at various different mobile broadband providers here: http://www.broadband-expert.co.uk/broadband/mobile and am leaning towards Vodafone.



Any advice would be great. I don’t want to sign up and find I’m paying for a product that doesn’t work!
Left by caz on May 19, 2008 9:47 AM

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Which side I travel down their regularly and am thinking about signing up with a mobile broadband provider but have heard coverage can be poor in some rural areas
Left by Awxus on Apr 21, 2009 2:38 AM

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