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Acid3 browser test gets an overhaul

Two browser experts have pared back Acid3, a test that browser standards fans held up to spotlight Internet Explorer's shortcomings, so that it will not hold back development of those standards.


Ian Hickson, editor of the HTML specification, and Håkon Wium Lie, chief technology officer of browser maker Opera, pared back Acid3, a test that browser standards fans held up to spotlight Internet Explorer's shortcomings, so the test won't hold back development of those standards in an announcement on Google+.

Acid3 measures 100 aspects of Web standards compliance, but the test arrived in a more informal period of standards development when Opera, Mozilla, and Apple had picked up a lot of Web standards work through the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG).

Web developers will be interested in his list of standards under debate for serious change--in the real world of standards, not just in the test. And fans of fonts and animations using SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics) should brace themselves for the possibility that those technologies will be excised altogether from the full array of Web standards.

For more on this story, read HTML gurus modernize Acid3 browser test on CNET News.