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IE8 passes Acid2

The IE team has been taking crap from pretty much everybody for uncountable years. Despite several CSS improvements, the feature list of IE7 was a disappointment to many people and there has been silence for a whole year since then.

But suddenly something stirs in the wind: Dean Hachamovich announced that IE8 passes Acid2 test. Consider it an early X-mas gift.

The Acid2 test is a complex browser test created by WaSP. It is 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.

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Acid2 in Firefox Acid2 in Safari Acid2 in Opera Acid2 in IE7 Acid2 in Ie6

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, uncanny even, that this unexpected bomb drops just after the already infamous Opera antitrust complaint?

At least it’s a step forward. 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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