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Acidic Reboot November 6, 2005 – 1:58 a.m. – Permalink

CSS Reboot is here. Unfortunately, I didn’t participate. Instead, I immersed myself in the inspiration provided by most of these fine designs, particularly surprised at some of the redesigns of many major sites.


But before I discuss what I think about CSS Reboot, a friendly little glint on the horizon has been lit. Safari has passed the Acid 2 test, a test provided by the Web Standards Group to render CSS more efficiently and correctly.

What is Acid 2? Some designers got together and piled together some ugly and invalid CSS markup to test the browsers’ implementation of them. After all, most of the major browsers make allowances for minor mistakes and discrepancies, why not for CSS also?

Safari 2.0.2 is the first publicly released non–preview and non–beta browser to release a version showing Acid 2 correctly. But what about the other major browsers? Let’s take a look.

Mozilla states that the Acid 2 test came at a bad time and that it would have been strategically debilitating. “We will get to it in 1.9,” states Mozillazine. Well, let’s put it into perspective: Firefox 1.5 will be appearing in a few months. It’s a while away.

Microsoft, however, has shown a slightly keener interest in Acid 2. Chris Wilson, a spokesperson for Internet Explorer 7’s development, stated that although Acid 2 would not be a priority in 7, Microsoft would most certainly be integrating it into future versions if not sooner.


On November 1, Web designers everywhere released new versions of their sites, the most notable of which are Avalonstar, 9rules, The Watchmaker Project, Personal Development, and Treehouse. The excitement generated from this massive undertaking supporting Web standardization has set off a number of blog posts around the world (including this one, heh heh).

What is happening here? CSS Reboot.

The strategic importance of this site and its implications are quite great because of the amazing growth of standards in corporate and personal sites. Redesign programs like these show that standards are essential to the Web and should be recognized.

The first reboot was on May 1 of this year and generated a lot of excitement, but this most recent reboot caused quite a fantastic uproar by Internet standards.

Quite an acidic reboot, wouldn’t you agree?