Opera Desktop Team has shown a screenshot of an internal build of their browser called WinGogi, which indicates that they’ve successfully managed to pass the latest Acid3 web standards test 100/100. This is certainly a big achievement for Opera Team and web standards advocates alike because no other browser has managed to pass Acid3 test, which was made official on March 3, 2008.
What’s more? The Opera Team has promised to release a public preview of the same within next week:
Today we reached a 100% pass rate for the first time! There are some remaining issues yet to be fixed, but we hope to have those sorted out shortly.
We will release a technical preview version on labs.opera.com within the next week or so. For now, the screenshot above shows the Acid3 test as rendered in our latest WinGogi Desktop build. WinGogi is the Windows version of our reference builds used for the internal testing of Opera’s platform independent Core.
Considering Mozilla’s dedication on Firefox, I would expect them to follow Opera’s lead pretty soon. If history really repeats, Safari should follow Opera within 6 months or so… and then Mozilla some 2 years later and finally Internet Explorer 10 or 11. But considering Mozilla’s recently dedication to Firefox, I think, it wouldn’t be so hard for them to pass out Acid3. But Firefox 3 has almost touched the release candidate stage, so no Acid3 compliance until Firefox 4 maybe.
The latest release of Safari stands at 75/100, the latest build of WebKit stands at 99/100. The race is just heating up!
Update: Looks like there was a bug in the test (source). They’ve fixed it now, and looks like Opera stands at 99/100. Meanwhile, WebKit has announced that they’ve achieved 100/100 in a public build. You can download the latest nightly build of WebKit from the SVN and see it yourself. Anyways, web developers still have a long way to go before they can rejoice.