If you’ve ever spent a late night wrestling with a cross browser compatibility issue, then this week’s HTML5 test suite results should give you hope that the future of the web is looking a lot brighter.

Yesterday the World Wide Web Consortium, who are the body currently developing the HTML5 standard, released their first set of results for their HTML5 Test suite and it was wonderful to see that IE9 Platform Preview 6 is leading the way in terms of conformance to the current version of the Test Suite. Our current results are better than Google Chrome 7.0.517.41 beta, Firefox 4 Beta 6, Opera 11.00 alpha (build 1029) and Safari Version 5.0.2 (6533.18.5)

The tests are currently a work in progress,  so no doubt the numbers and results will change over time as more tests are added and browser vendors improve their implementations.

It’s great to see not only the high scores that IE9 has scored but also how well all the browsers have done in these tests, it show that the industry as a whole are working towards Web interoperability.

The test suites currently maintained by W3C are creating a benchmark which is driving everybody to produce better browsers.

Taking a look at the Test suites for NEWT technologies like HTML5, SVG 1.1, ECMAScript  and portions of CSS 3 I get a warm glow as I imagine a day when the same code will work across all browsers.

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