352 Inc. / Digital Marketing / December 20th, 2007

IE8 Passes the Acid2 Test

IE8 passes Acid2 Test
In what can be see as something close to hell freezing over, apparently the latest IE8 build passes the Acid 2 Test.

Without trying to rephrase everything the article states, here is a snippet:

“With respect to standards and interoperability, our goal in
developing Internet Explorer 8 is to support the right set of standards
with excellent implementations and do so without breaking the existing
web. This second goal refers to the lessons we learned during IE 7.
IE7’s CSS improvementsmade IE more compliant with some standards and less compatible with
some sites on the web as they were coded. Many sites and developers
have done special work to work well with IE6, mostly as a result of the
evolution of the web and standards since 2001 and the level of support
in the various versions of IE that pre-date many standards. We have a
responsibility to respect the work that sites have already done to work
with IE. We must deliver improved standards support and backwards
compatibility so that IE8 (1) continues to work with the billions of
pages on the web today that already work in IE6 and IE7 and (2) makes
the development of the next billion pages, in an interoperable way,
much easier. We’ll blog more, and learn more, about this during the IE8
beta cycle.

Now, with all that context, I’m delighted to tell you that on
Wednesday, December 12, Internet Explorer correctly rendered the Acid2
page in IE8 standards mode. While supporting the features tested in
Acid2 is important for many reasons, it is just one of several
milestones for the interoperability, standards compliance, and
backwards compatibility that we’re committed to for this release. We
will blog more on these topics. Here’s a relevant video.”

Now its obviously too early to pass judgement, but if this holds true for the final release (hopefully before Hell actually does freeze over) then we as web developers may find ourselves breathing a sigh of relief when we go to code a page for both FireFox and IE.