Ian Hickson, the Google Employee was assigned the job of working on the next generation Acid test has completed his work and the Acid3 test is live at its new home http://acid3.acidtests.org/. The Acid test is a test which we all use to measure a Web Browser’s adherence to standards. Read more about Acid tests on this wikipedia page.
Unlike the first acid test, which focused on the box model, and the second acid test, which covered a broad variety of basic HTML and CSS features, Acid3 covers 100 of the nooks and crannies of HTTP, HTML, CSS, ECMAScript, SVG and XML, all through the medium of DOM scripting, a critical requirement for any modern web application.
Ian Hickson wrote 90 tests while the other 10 tests were written by web developers and browser vendors. The Acid3 test assumes much importance after the team behind IE8 recently allowed that it clears the Acid2 test. The IE team has said that a special HTTP header will be required for the browser to clear the Acid2 test. Whether or not, such HTTP headers are required for the Acid3 test remains a big question..
I have begin my preliminary testing on all the popular browsers operating in default settings, and I will update this post with the results sometime tomorrow. Until then I suggest you perform the Acid3 test yourself and see how you fare…