Browser tests, clarifications, and refreshing honesty

Earlier this week I wrote about Microsoft's rather misleading standards compliance table, which falsely gave you the impession that Internet Explorer 9 was better than the other browsers, unless you carefully read the "fine print". Yesterday, Microsoft posted a clarification and corrections for the test page. I'm very happy that they accepted the criticism, and even updated the page with some corrections. …

Since I have already criticized a competitor for posting misleading information, I also think it's a good idea to give praise to competitors where praise is due.

In related news, Google released a test runner for the Sputnik JavaScript test suite last week. What's interesting is that Chrome isn't even in the first or second spot in the test. It's behind both Opera and Safari, while Firefox is behind Chrome, and IE in last place.

This kind of honesty is certainly refreshing in a market where browser vendors usually try to make themselves look as good as possible compared to the competition.

So hats off to you for this one, Google!

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40 thoughts on “Browser tests, clarifications, and refreshing honesty

  1. Way to go. I'd love to see these below working on Opera too. (real websites are failing because of it)javascript:alert( {get foo(x){}} ) // expect alertjavascript:(function f(){function g(){alert(typeof f);} g();})(); // expect 'function'

  2. Really impressed with the IE9 teams sincerity. I remember Apple's misleading facts for Safari 4. They didn't bother to acknowledge Opera. And even when, the truth was pointed out by several bloggers they didn't budge. Well done MS.

  3. I was testing to validate their claims on reliable JS execution. Yes, Opera 10.5 came first with just 78 failures (in 5246 test cases), Safari 4 came next with 159 failures, Chrome 4 with 218, Firefox 3.6 with 259 and IE8 with 463 failures. :yes:

  4. It is nice to see that internet explorer is improving even if it is still miles behind every other browser. Seems like Opera is doing amazing :yes:

  5. Happy to see a clarification from the Microsoft Staff Blog.Also pleased to see another mention of Google's Sputnik and its relatively balanced test results.

  6. Originally posted by webtax

    This kind of honesty is certainly refreshing in a market where browser vendors usually try to make themselves look as good as possible compared to the competition.Well chrome still has explanations – on the video IE posted about chrome just this past wks.

  7. :hat: to Google and especially to Opera to came out at the first position to be the browser that execute browser correctly

  8. Correction to above comment:hat: to Google and especially to Opera to came out at the first position to be the browser that execute JavaScript correctly πŸ™‚

  9. Originally posted by beritaku:

    Correction to above comment

    There is an edit function right under your post. πŸ˜‰

  10. Well, maybe he didn't see it. :left:.(it has also been known to 'disappear' for no apparent reason before the twenty four hour expiry)

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