And, you probably have heard that Firefox 3 passes Acid2 test, thanks to the new Gecko 1.9 rendering engine used in it. Now, what about Thunderbird 3?
Thunderbird 3 alpha (code named as shredder), released a few days back, also uses the same Gecko 1.9 rendering engine. So naturally, one would expect to see the same result as Firefox 3, right? Well, you are in for a surprise.
How to perform Acid2 and Acid3 test in Thunderbird 3 Alpha?
- Launch Thunderbird 3. Select Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Config Editor.
- Click "I''ll be carefull, I promise!" button.
- Close the options window.
- Now select Tools -> Error Console.
- Enter the following text into the code text box (as a single line, no line breaks) and hit enter. The corresponding page will get loaded into the message display area of Thunderbird.
For Acid2 Test:
For Acid3 Test:
Acid2: Thunderbird 3 Alpha failed the Acid2 test. Yes Firefox, we know you are laughing. Your cousin just failed. Instead of giving us a laughing smiley we got the below result. Failed!
So, Thunderbird3 failed in Acid2 test. Remember that Firefox 3, IE8, Safari had all passed Acid2. In Acid3 test, it got a score that is slightly above other players, but is still not a score to boast about.What does these results prove?
Nothing! Thunderbird 3 has a long way to go and it's still in the embryonic form. There is a lot of work still to be done to make shredder into Thunderbird 3. Cheers to the Mozilla Messaging team for giving us Thunderbird 3 Alpha. (But guys, we really do expect Acid2 and Acid3 compatibility in the Final TB 3.0. Please don't disappoint us :) )
Download Thunderbird 3 Alpha (shredder) here.