Google Chrome and Standards Compliance (updated)

A new kid is on the block: since Monday morning Google’s new browser, Chrome,  has been the most hot discussion topic on the internet. And, I guess, lots of people, all over the world,, are punching keys franticaly as we ‘speak’ , to test it.

Here is my contribution to the buzz.  How does the new browser behave in terms of standards compatibility? Let’s take the tests.

ACID2 gives


Which means 100% compatibility.

ACID3 gives :


which means 78% compliance. Were it 100% it should look  like this:


How do these results compare to the browsers on the market? I have run the same test on all the known browsers that pass the ACID2 test  and here are the results. All the test were run on a Windows XP with SP2.

Browser (version) ACID2 ACID3
IE (8.0.6001) 100% 12%
Firefox (3.0.1) 100% 71%
Safari (3.0.4) 100% 41%
Opera (9.52) 100% 83%
Chrome 100% 78%

So Chrome does a fairly good job in ACID3, but still trails Opera.

Update: I just spotted an article on CNET about Chrome’s standards compliance.Instead of comparing IE8 it compares IE7 on the Acid3 test and gives a result of 14% which I could not confirm.  The acid servers were very slow to respond but when they did I just got a 12% as in IE8.