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W3C reveals first HTML5 conformance tests, IE9 surprises

By Jos · 41 replies
Nov 2, 2010
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  1. The Worldwide Web Consortium has released the first test results for browsers’ HTML5 conformance and it looks like Microsoft has been doing a great job supporting the latest set of web standards. Taking into account seven aspects of HTML5 specifications -- "attributes", "audio", "video", "canvas", "getElementsByClassName", "foreigncontent," and "xhtml5" -- the latest development milestone of Internet Explorer 9 (Platform Preview 6) managed a perfect score in no less than five categories and overall showed the best adherence to HTML5 standards of all tested browsers.

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  2. 63Jax

    63Jax TS Enthusiast Posts: 85

    maybe i will adopt ie if all thing run smooth
  3. Demons

    Demons TS Enthusiast Posts: 54

    I've been a big fan of chrome since it came out but I still find the need to open up IE every now and again with certain sites. This is good news for M$.
  4. frodough

    frodough TS Rookie Posts: 90

    AMD is coming back w/ they new CPUs, WinMo is coming back with WP7, IE is coming back with 9... everything is upside down again.
  5. TwiztidSef

    TwiztidSef TS Rookie Posts: 49

    I still don't think i will be switching from mozilla and chrome. I don't see IE9 being much use on a desktop. They still have to get user generated addons and such.

    I do, however, see IE9 being really good on ipad and other mobile devices. Mainly stuff that doesn't support flash or java for whatever reason.
  6. uttaradhaka

    uttaradhaka TS Rookie Posts: 53

    This shows that all the browsers are taking HTML5 into serious consideration as an emerging technology. This means that when the transition is in full force, most internet users will be able to jump on the bandwagon, no matter which browser they are using.

    And also, I think geeks everywhere have dreams about the day when Adobe Flash Player crashes and vulnerabilities will be a thing of the past.

    Bring on the future!!
  7. treeski

    treeski TS Evangelist Posts: 1,006   +249

    I'm still hopeful for IE9! The current beta LOOKS good... just lacking in functionality majorly.
  8. peterbezemer

    peterbezemer TS Rookie Posts: 16

    well, if it's as fast as chrome (or opera) i'll take it!
  9. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,507   +1,308

    I have to admit, this does look promising! SO far (i'm using the beta) IE9 seems rather promising.
    Although it doesn't have user generated content like FF does it is actually suprisingly quick!

    It would be nice to install Windows and NOT have a rubish browser to deal with.

    Plus when all my clients update to IE9 far less crashing and a faster experience I will have no work left to do!
  10. motrin

    motrin TS Booster Posts: 166   +17

    this is also me. But i do wan't to use IE more it just feels sluggish.
  11. I have always used IE, so I will be continueing to use IE9 when it comes out. I hate to switch browsers to look at certain websites. IE shows them all, and that is why I like it.
  12. hassaan

    hassaan TS Rookie Posts: 90

    Doesn't look like a fair test to me. It says Chrome and Firefox are in beta and it looks like IE9 is a stable release. So how can you test each one when only one of them is a stable version and the others are in text phase?
  13. OneArmedScissor

    OneArmedScissor TS Enthusiast Posts: 50   +7

    That is actually the current "stable" version of Chrome. The current "preview" channel is actually well into version 8, and even those almost never have usability issues.

    As for Firefox, I don't know, as I haven't even seen version 4, but I would think a 6th beta that they've been sitting on for a bit ought to have the kinks worked out by now.

    They're probably just testing what's common for people who update browsers to use. Nobody said it had to be fair. If they test everything, you just get a big mess of a chart that still won't be relevant once these things actually are in the real world.
  14. Since chrome doesnt have a default zoom feature or a print preview funtion, I hope some day IE isnt so %&$" slow in comparison.
  15. Rick IE Team

    Rick IE Team TS Rookie

    For anyone who hasn't tested the IE9 Beta yet you can go to http://www.beautyoftheweb.com and download the Beta and test it out on HTML5 pages you find. Or for those of you who are developers you can go to http://ie.microsoft.com/testdrive/ and download the Platform Preview 6 and test your designs performance there.

    IE Outreach Team
  16. kevin1212

    kevin1212 TS Rookie Posts: 45

    Using ie9 beta and am pretty satisfied. Chrome is my backup. Not a mozilla fan. Regardless what browser i use really doesn't matter much to me. As ie is readily available, i'll use that. If it aint broke dont fix it. In terms of speed and features, i really couldn't ask for much more from any browser. I like chrome since it asks for very little system resources.
  17. lawfer

    lawfer TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,270   +91

    That's pretty impressive, I must admit. But...

    These tests mean almost nothing, performance-wise. Which is exactly where IE is lacking. HTML5 compliance? Meh, that's just a matter of adapting to an still-in-development web standard.

    But high performance and functionality? That's not that easy, now is it Microsoft? :)
  18. MervynBrittan

    MervynBrittan TS Rookie

    I was waiting for it
  19. @lawfur: you're right, these tests don't describe performance. But if you'd maybe read some performance reviews or try it out yourself before you spew unrelated garbage, you'd see IE9 is not "lacking" performance. In fact, quite the contrary.

    @hassan: Platform Preview means the same as "stable release"? I musta missed that memo.
  20. crzydave

    crzydave TS Rookie Posts: 23

    IE surprises. Have been a chrome user myself for a while now but used IE before that. Will see what the future has to hold for these web browsers.
  21. Razerblade

    Razerblade TS Rookie Posts: 117

    I can't say I am hugely surprised as all of the IE 9 previews were showing how good the browser was with HTML5 etc. I have been using the beta build of this, and I must say I am very impressed. I was using Chrome and Firefox before IE 9 as the previous version of IE were horrible. Microsoft really have done it again, just like they did with Windows 7!
  22. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,542   +424

    When something bad happens to IE all the IE haters/FF+Chrome lovers come out to say something, and when something "good" happens to IE, the IE lovers/hopeful come out of the woodworks. Just an interesting observation.
  23. blimp01

    blimp01 TS Enthusiast Posts: 144

    ive always used IE and hope it gets better
  24. Elitassj4

    Elitassj4 TS Member Posts: 24

    I'm sticking to Firefox, in the final version it will be much better
  25. TeamworkGuy2

    TeamworkGuy2 TS Enthusiast Posts: 190

    Impressive. The options for browsers are really opening up.
    I do not like the IE8 layout and I do not like what I have seen of the IE9 layout.
    Everything I do works well on Firefox and Chrome, so I still have no reason to switch back to IE.

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