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How Do You Counter an Acid(3 Test)? With a Base(3 Test)

Lately, the WebKit and Opera devs have been racing to see who can make their browser pass the Acid3 test first, or at least be the first to get 100/100 (for more details on why this is not the same thing, please visit the earlier Wikipedia link). Notably absent from this entertaining contest was Firefox. If you’re saying “Hold on! They’re probably just trying to get Firefox 3 out the door,” you’re right… sort of. While that is supposedly the main argument put forward by shaver in his recent blog post on Acid3, it takes less than 2 paragraphs to completely exhaust that idea and 7 (mostly massive) paragraphs to bag on the Acid3 test for focusing on the wrong things. Meanwhile, Rob Sayre dismisses the test in his blog post on the subject without even offering the excuse (which I believe is totally valid) that Firefox 3 is the top priority. So, since it seems to be the consensus among Firefox devs that Acid3 focused on the wrong things, why don’t they publish a test that they think focuses on the right things? Dan_Farina over at the programming subreddit suggested this “Base3” test and I think he’s right.

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