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Acid3 Test Simplified; All Modern Browsers Score 100

By - Source: Ian Hickson | B 23 comments

The Acid3 Test, which was long considered to be the standard browser test for web standards compatibility has been revised and simplified.

All current modern browsers, including IE9, IE10, Chrome 14-16, Firefox 6-8 and Opera 11, now score a perfect 100/100 result.

According to Ian Hickson, who maintains the Acidtests website, there have been several revisions, including SVG Fonts, a feature that was criticized by Mozilla. Hickson said that changes also affected SMIL animations, Xlink as well as DOM Range. Overall, it appears that the developers cleaned up the test and removed antiquated and unusual web technologies. I can't help but feel that much of the changes are a late reply to criticism that has persisted over the past two years.

Acid3 itself is more than three years old and could use an update, possibly in the HTML5 range where the support of confirmed and planned technologies is pretty much a mess. Since all major browsers now achieve a perfect score in Acid3, there may be little reason to use Acid3 in comparison tests at this time.

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    mcvf , September 20, 2011 10:00 PM
    Oh, our software does not go well with the specification. Fix the specification!
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    Anomalyx , September 20, 2011 10:41 PM
    Wait... so because the software didn't pass the test, the test was adjusted so the software could pass? That's exactly what the nation has done with education (kids aren't smart enough to pass the tests, so dumb down the standardized tests), and has proven it doesn't help a thing. Makes it worse, in fact.
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    Branden , September 20, 2011 9:08 PM
    just ran firefox thru acid3 and got 100/100 but still showed the text "you should not see this at all" in the top left corner.
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    dragonsqrrl , September 20, 2011 9:29 PM
    Good to hear that they finally made those adjustments, some of them have been long overdue.
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    mcvf , September 20, 2011 10:00 PM
    Oh, our software does not go well with the specification. Fix the specification!
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    Thor , September 20, 2011 10:06 PM
    How this guy received money to say all is wonderful all is 100%?

    Really it's so easy to buy "mind' of people...
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    Anonymous , September 20, 2011 10:31 PM
    mcvf: Surely you're talking about Microsoft?
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    Anomalyx , September 20, 2011 10:41 PM
    Wait... so because the software didn't pass the test, the test was adjusted so the software could pass? That's exactly what the nation has done with education (kids aren't smart enough to pass the tests, so dumb down the standardized tests), and has proven it doesn't help a thing. Makes it worse, in fact.
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    _Cubase_ , September 21, 2011 12:01 AM
    To be fair, so many aspects of the original test were so convoluted that the odds of running into some of these so called "problems" in the real world would be next to none. What browsers should really be focusing on now instead of just compatibility with synthetic benchmarks is how to get more out of a smaller footprint. 5 tabs on firefox should not mean over 300mb of memory in use.
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    dragonsqrrl , September 21, 2011 12:08 AM
    mcvfOh, our software does not go well with the specification. Fix the specification!

    AnomalyxWait... so because the software didn't pass the test, the test was adjusted so the software could pass? That's exactly what the nation has done with education (kids aren't smart enough to pass the tests, so dumb down the standardized tests), and has proven it doesn't help a thing. Makes it worse, in fact.

    ...sigh, they didn't adjust the test so FF and IE could pass, they removed antiquated and unnecessary SVG font requirements that have nothing to do with properly rendering modern web pages.

    This is why FF has been stuck at 97% for what seems like forever. It would've been a pointless waste of time to implement a small subset of the SVG spec just to pass Acid 3 , which is basically the only reason to do it (but Opera developers seems to think otherwise). The creators of the Acid test recognized this issue and, among other revisions, removed these SVG font requirements, although it took them a while to do so.

    http://limi.net/articles/firefox-acid3/
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    dragonsqrrl , September 21, 2011 12:19 AM
    mcvfOh, our software does not go well with the specification. Fix the specification!

    Acid 3 is a specification now?... lol, that's news to me.
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    JohnnyLucky , September 21, 2011 12:42 AM
    Looks to me like the folks at Acid 3 committed an act of collective stupidity. They made their application useless.
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    eddieroolz , September 21, 2011 12:50 AM
    ACID3 test is rather outdated at this point, so it really needs an update.
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    abbadon_34 , September 21, 2011 12:56 AM
    Well that's useless
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    Anonymous , September 21, 2011 1:47 AM
    Letting the people who make the products design the evaluations sounds like something the oil industry would do.
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    FloKid , September 21, 2011 3:18 AM
    I don't care about the tests I just like the orange fox : )
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    MCstrick , September 21, 2011 4:33 AM
    _Cubase_To be fair, so many aspects of the original test were so convoluted that the odds of running into some of these so called "problems" in the real world would be next to none. What browsers should really be focusing on now instead of just compatibility with synthetic benchmarks is how to get more out of a smaller footprint. 5 tabs on firefox should not mean over 300mb of memory in use.


    FF6 uses a bit less than that, at least for me and I use TONS of add-ons. Link at the bottom of post. Also, FF is making FF7-8 30% or so more mem efficient than FF5. so expect to see that soon, also in a link.

    http://i40.photobucket.com/albums/e241/MCstrick/FFmemuse.png

    http://www.tomsguide.com/us/firefox-7-memory-improvements,news-12148.html

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    astrophizz , September 21, 2011 5:58 AM
    dragonsqrrlIt would've been a pointless waste of time to implement a small subset of the SVG spec just to pass Acid 3 , which is basically the only reason to do it (but Opera developers seems to think otherwise).

    An Opera dev, Håkon Wium Lie, was one of the people behind the recent change to the Acid 3 test.
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    rantoc , September 21, 2011 6:03 AM
    So they simplified the test so even all the low-performance device browsers will score well, wonder who paid for it!?
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    AMD X6850 , September 21, 2011 9:38 AM
    You guys are completely missing the point.
    They just removed useless, outdated or very rare crap that Acid3 was testing for.
    Not so that Firefox and IE got 100/100.
    Dragonsqrrl hit it spot on.

    dragonsqrrl...sigh, they didn't adjust the test so FF and IE could pass, they removed antiquated and unnecessary SVG font requirements that have nothing to do with properly rendering modern web pages.This is why FF has been stuck at 97% for what seems like forever. It would've been a pointless waste of time to implement a small subset of the SVG spec just to pass Acid 3 , which is basically the only reason to do it (but Opera developers seems to think otherwise). The creators of the Acid test recognized this issue and, among other revisions, removed these SVG font requirements, although it took them a while to do so.http://limi.net/articles/firefox-acid3/

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    andy5174 , September 21, 2011 9:40 AM
    rantocSo they simplified the test so even all the low-performance device browsers will score well, wonder who paid for it!?


    Read this.
    dragonsqrrl...sigh, they didn't adjust the test so FF and IE could pass, they removed antiquated and unnecessary SVG font requirements that have nothing to do with properly rendering modern web pages.This is why FF has been stuck at 97% for what seems like forever. It would've been a pointless waste of time to implement a small subset of the SVG spec just to pass Acid 3 , which is basically the only reason to do it (but Opera developers seems to think otherwise). The creators of the Acid test recognized this issue and, among other revisions, removed these SVG font requirements, although it took them a while to do so.http://limi.net/articles/firefox-acid3/

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    Darkerson , September 21, 2011 11:39 AM
    Sounds like what they have been doing to the schools for a while.
    "Oh, the students aren't passing as much now? DUMB DOWN THE TESTS!"
    "So, are more kids are passing now? PROBLEM SOLVED!"

    :/ 
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