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Thousands of Html5 Tests Planned By Web Consortium

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Microsoft's Internet Explorer 9 topped Google Chrome and Firefox in the first round of HTML5 compatibility tests, but developers and vendors should not draw any conclusions about the test suite, according to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). There are another 1,000 tests in the pipeline waiting to be approved for the HTML5 test suite.

"We do expect to have tens of thousands of tests," says the W3C's Philippe Le Hegaret. The first round consisted of 212 tests in seven feature categories, including attributes, audio, canvas, elements by classname, foreign content, video, and XHTML5. W3C has not been able to expand testing so far due to manpower limitations and because the HTML5 specification is still evolving. The first round focused on desktop browsers, but Le Hegaret says HTML5 compatibility is advancing more rapidly on mobile platforms.

The goal of the test suite is to help developers and vendors make sure HTML5 applications work across all browsers. "If you think HTML5 is perfectly stable today and you can use it without worrying about interoperability issues, I think you're going to fool yourself," Le Hegaret says.

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