The Opera browser today became the first browser to pass the Acid3 test. On the Opera desktop team blog, Lars Erik Bolstad writes:
I have a quick update on where we are with Acid3. 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.
We will release a technical preview version on labs.opera.com within the next week or so. For now, the screenshot above shows the Acid3 test as rendered in our latest WinGogi Desktop build. WinGogi is the Windows version of our reference builds used for the internal testing of Opera's platform independent Core.
So there you have it. 23 days after the test was released, Opera is the first to cross the finish line, at least in an internal build. The rest of us will have to wait a few days before we can verify the results, but this is exciting. Now it's a race between Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Microsoft IE to see who will come in second. Place yer bets...
Update: That didn't take long. At almost the same time as the Opera announcement, the Safari Webkit team announced that they had also passed the test. Unlike Opera, the version that passed is available for immediate download.