The Internet Explorer team has been taking crap from pretty much everybody for uncountable years. Despite several CSS improvements, the feature list of Internet Explorer 7 was a disappointment to many people and there has been silence for a whole year since then.

But suddenly something stirs in the wind as Dean Hachamovich announced that Internet Explorer 8 passes Acid2 test. Consider it an early X-mas gift.

The Acid2 test is a complex browser test created by WaSP, used for testing advanced web standards features in different browsers. Some of the CSS is invalid by design to check how the user agents handle that.

Acid2 result comparison for different browsers Acid2 result comparison for different browsers.

In short, the more it looks like a smiley, the better it is. As you can see, Internet Explorer 6 and 7 are not very good at this.

For those of us who has watched too much X-Files, isn’t it remarkable that this unexpected bomb drops just after the already infamous Opera antitrust complaint?

At least it’s a step forward for Internet Explorer. And they are gonna need it, facing the impressive feature list of the new version of WebKit as well as the upcoming Firefox 3.

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