The Internet has truly emerged as a primary channel by which information is distributed and shared across the globe. This in turn has made the use of web browsers a necessity among the 1.4 billion internet users worldwide. Although a vast majority of these users pay little or no attention to the web browsers they use, there is an ongoing struggle between the web development community and browser companies to serve web pages to all internet users the right way. Right in the middle of this struggle are web standards and one of its more recent byproducts, acid tests.
Acid tests have become a widely recognized method for determining a web browser’s compliance with web standards as defined by the World Wide Web Consortium. Since the creation of the Acid1 test by Todd Fahrner in 1998, three tests have been released with the most recent being completed in March of this year. Each of the three tests has targeted a different aspect of the web and each test is further discussed below. (more…)