Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 26th Mar 2008 21:26 UTC, submitted by ohxten
Opera Software "Since the test was officially announced recently, our core developers have been hard at work fixing bugs and adding the missing standards support. Today we reached a 100% pass rate for the first time! There are some remaining issues yet to be fixed, but we hope to have those sorted out shortly."
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by umccullough on Thu 27th Mar 2008 01:00 UTC in reply to "RE"
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Why does it only matter who ships first? I don't see how a few months is going to make that much of a difference. I don't think we'll see Safari or Opera users going "oh, the other browser has 100% ACID3 compliance, I'm going to switch."

I fully agree.

It's clear that standards compliance isn't the measurement that defines popularity yet.

Firefox 2.x doesn't even pass the Acid 2 test yet, and it's not losing any popularity contests ;) It's "good enough" in most peoples minds - and that's what matters. Firefox has the added benefit of being open-source, which probably generates a lot more "selling power" to those who are "browser shopping".

IE on the other hand doesn't even seem to aspire to be competitive on standards compliance, nor does it have anything else going for it other than pure market share by default.

Opera and Safari are going to maybe make inroads among those who want to claim to have "the fastest browser" or "the most standards compliant browser" ... but I guess it remains to be seen if that translates into real tangible market share or not.

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by asupcb on Thu 27th Mar 2008 03:02 in reply to "RE"
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I'm can't wait for a cross-platform open-source webkit based KDE web browser. If the KDE people design it correctly then I believe that they could very quickly gain massive amounts of market share.

I have a sort of related question to this. If you make Firefox-like extensions for a GPL-licensed program would those extensions also have to be GPL? As I believe a KDE based web browser would have to be GPL in order to use the free version of QT.

I love the renewed browser wars. Hopefully the next "war" will occur in office suites between OpenOffice, KOffice, and GNOME Office.

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