Every now and then, you get these news item that make you feel like something’s wrong. The item doesn’t make sense, shouldn’t be possible, and yet it is. Despite Microsoft’s newfound commitment to web standards, it’s still incredibly unnerving to see things like this – the W3C’s first HTML5 compliance test, in which Internet Explorer 9 Platform Preview 6 outdoes all other browsers.
While the specification is not yet complete, and while the tests only cover a portion of the HTML5 specification, it’s still incredibly strange to see Microsoft’s Internet Explorer come out on top. Sure, it’s a test release, but then, so are the other contestants in the race (except for the Safari version used in these tests).
As you can see, Internet Explorer 9 is outperforming other browsers when it comes to HTML5 standards compliance. Great news for the web, people.
Has anyone else noticed that IE9 gains a 28.57% lead over Firefox 4 for “video” and a 57.14% lead over Chrome for “xhtml5”.
The first makes me wonder if someone slipped H.264 support into that test suite and the latter makes me think “Chrome devs will probably spend the next week or two fixing XML-specific things like namespace support and then shoot up to near 100%”.
As for IE9’s lead on “canvas”, it’s probably just that Chrome and Firefox are still catching up to IE9 on the GPU acceleration side of things and, as a result, they’ve got more bugs to squash.
I notice both Chrome and Firefox betas beat IE9 pretty soundly on getElementsByClassName.
Sorry Thom, results are wrong: http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-html-testsuite/2010Nov/0… (via https://twitter.com/akahn/status/29484858294 )