So IE now supports web standards eh? Does that mean it passes the Acid 3 test? Surely it must, I mean it has a check mark next to the Web Standards bit. Ummm. No. Not so much.
I think the guys on the marketing team for IE 8 need to stop drinking the bujiboo juice and figure out that they still suck in this department. Check out the results for the Acid 3 test. Not even close.
Now, to be fair Opera only hit an 85/100, and Firefox came in at 72/100 but both Safari (4 beta) and Chrome nailed it with 100/100. I’ve read that Opera should be at 100/100, but even the latest 9.6 download doesn’t get any higher for me.
Developers don’t really need another test to tell them that IE is not all that and a bag of chips, but the average web user doesn’t know any better. That’s the real problem; 67% of all of my visitors still use some version of IE, and that means I still have to code for 3 versions of it now. For all my work, I could care less, if you want to use IE 6 you deserve to a get crappy web display – but from a business sense, IE 6 really can’t be ignored. Now there’s IE 7, IE 8, and even IE 7 compatibility mode (which differs from the real IE 7) in IE 8. Great one there Billy.
At least they’re on board with a new browser test application for Expression Web called SuperPreview, which, while still in beta, makes cross-version testing in IE moderately tolerable.Â There’s an excellent write-up on the Expression Web team Blog, where there is also a download link.
Now if only we could get the IE team to follow along and play nice….