The Acid2 test is a test of a browser’s ability to properly render CSS and HTML. From the Acid2 Wikipedia page:
The Acid2 test should render correctly on any browser that follows the W3C HTML and CSS 2.0 specifications. Any browser which does not correctly and completely support all of the features which Acid2 uses will not render the page correctly.
Firefox 3 is expected to pass the Acid2 test as well when it is released (beta 2 already does). Internet Explorer 8 is due to ship in the first half of 2008, as is Firefox 3 so it looks as if 2008 will be the year of the standards compliant browser!
I see Michael Arrington has a post on TechCrunch today about Dipsie dCloak – this is a product which is supposed to help websites make their content more indexable by search engines.
That sounds laudable enough I hear you say – but wait a minute, I know two words which can help you do that without the aid of any product – the words? Web Standards. Build a site which is web standards compliant and search engines will have no problems indexing your site – also, you site will load faster, will be cross browser compatible and will work predictably on most mobile browsers!
Don’t know if your site is web standards compliant – check it out using the free validator on the W3C site.
Molly has done a study of the major Search Engines to see how Standards Compliant they are – and to the amazement of me, at least, the only Search Engine which comes in as Standards Compliant is MSN Search!
MSN Search is fully XHTML 1.0 Strict compliant!
Who’da thunk it? Kudos to the MSN Search team – maybe their example will spur on others at Microsoft (like the Start.com team, for example!).
Start.com’s blog announced several updates to the site yesterday – roaming profiles and changes to the sidebar – that’s all very well if you can see the site but being on a Mac I can’t tell you how they affect the Start.com experience as the Start.com site is not Mac friendly.
Of course, we shouldn’t be surprised at this – it is a Microsoft site, after all – the company that invented proprietary standards!
On the one hand we have Molly telling us Microsoft are embracing Web Standards and on the other hand we have this site.
Fortunately, Google has a similar site which works just fine on the Mac – check it out here.
No really – it is seemingly true. First Microsoft announce support for RSS and now the Web Standards Project announce that they have
formed a task force with Microsoft Corp. to provide support as the company increases Web standards support in its products including Microsoft Visual Studio and ASP.NET
The announcement goes on to say:
â€œStandards are of increasing importance as Web developers strive to make their sites work across all browsers and accessible by the broadest set of customers,â€? said Brian Goldfarb, product manager for Web Platform and Tools at Microsoft. â€œASP.NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005 have made great strides in Web standards support, and Microsoft is committed to providing our customers with the best tools possible to create standards-conformant Web applications.â€?
According to the Web Standards Project website – “Acid2 is a brand new test designed to push the limits of HTML, CSS, and PNG support in browsers and authoring tools. By testing against Acid2, flaws in support for common web standards are quickly and easily exposed”
Hopefully to be “quickly and easily” fixed by the developers!
I was browsing my blog stats this evening and I noticed that lots of people were coming to my site having searched for the term Caoimhe blog. Caoimhe is a very well known Irish blogger and she was recently interviewed on a daytime TV program called The Big Bite along with several other Irish bloggers of renown.
This program raised Caoimhe’s already high profile and so more people are searching for her blog. Currently when you search for Caoimhe blog in Google.ie, this site comes up as result no 1!
Why is this site coming up as result no. 1? Well there are several reasons, first off I have a link to Caoimhe’s blog in my list of blogs I read using the term “Caoimhe’s blog”.
Furthermore, the searchers are restricting the search to Ireland on Google.ie and my blog is hosted in Ireland. Caoimhe’s blog on the other hand, although Irish, is a Blogger blog hosted by blogspot.com in the US.
Finally, this blog is run out of WordPress, so the blog it produces is web standards compliant – this is not the case for Blogger blogs. Why is this important? Well, search engines love standards compliant sites and generally, standards compliant sites rank higher then non-compliant sites in searches (this is ironic considering Blogger is owned by Google).