On Friday WebKit team announced their open source browser engine entirely passes Acid3 test by Web Standards Project.

Acid3 is a test page that checks how well a web browser follows certain web standards, especially relating to the Document Object Model (DOM) and JavaScript.


Acid3 compliance means passing all 100 subtests which form into 6 groups:

  1. DOM Traversal, DOM Range, HTTP
  2. DOM2 Core and DOM2 Events
  3. DOM2 Views, DOM2 Style, CSS 3 selectors and Media Queries
  4. Behavior of HTML tables and forms when manipulated by script and DOM2 HTML
  5. Tests from the Acid3 Competition (SVG, HTML, SMIL, Unicode, etc.)
  6. ECMAScript

In respect to the above, the test procedure is illustrated by the coloured rectangles:

  1. 1-5 subtests passed: Black rectangle.
  2. 6-10 subtests passed: Grey rectangle.
  3. 11-15 subtests passed: Silver rectangle.
  4. All 16 subtests passed: Coloured rectangle (red, orange, yellow, lime, blue, purple – for each of the six rectangles, respectively).

For the latest WebKit nightly, the test completes as following:

Other pioneering browser engines, namely Gecko and Opera, are a bit behind on this with around 90% of the test passed. The latest Opera 9.60 Beta scores 85 of 100:

News comes as in a sequence of recent developments from WebKit most interesting of which have added a lot of new CSS3. See the articles and test cases in flash tekkie’s WebKit category.

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