Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 24th Mar 2009 23:26 UTC, submitted by inkslinger
Internet Explorer Recently, Microsoft released Internet Explorer 8, which boasted much better standards compliance than previous iterations of the browser. While it passed the Acid2 test, IE8 failed miserably in the Acid3 test, and many people criticised Microsoft for it. Microsoft Australia's Nick Hodge has stated that Microsoft purposefully decided not to support Acid3, because the test tests against draft standards.
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Wow and Good Grief
by timkar on Wed 25th Mar 2009 13:40 UTC
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IE 8 passes Acid 2. I think that's awesome given that previous releases failed and so many standards fronts.

If there's a moving target in play here it's personal standards of the community of folks who care about these things. The cry used to be "You guys don't even pass Acid 2". When they finally pass Acid 2, it becomes, "Well... yeah.. but you don't pass Acid 3." However valid Acid 3 may be as a standard (and I'll even completely grant its validity) any sort of outrage or finger wagging is way over-blown.

The fact that MS made a judgement call with which we disagree should be call for mild disappointment not a call to pitch forks and excoriation. Granted, I doubt the folks in the browser division are angling for our love and adoration but If we truly want the Microsoft to play nice and be a part of the "community", maybe we should play nice, too.

I should point out that I'm typing this into an ACID 3 compliant browser and that I'm a developer of web-enabled products and such things are quite important to me.

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