Browserscope: how does your browser compare?
A year ago this week, I launched UA Profiler – a framework for measuring browser performance. Today, Browserscope takes browser profiling to the next level. Browserscope is a full blown open source project, headed up by Lindsey Simon (see his blog post). The framework has been expanded to contain multiple test categories:
- Network – These are the original tests from UA Profiler, measuring download traits like connections per hostname, parallel script downloads, and redirect caching.
- Acid3 – A test of dynamic browser capabilities based on Ian Hickson‘s work at acid3.acidtests.org.
- Selectors API – A test suite for the W3C CSS Selectors API based on the work by John Resig.
- Rich Text – Tests covering browers’ contenteditable for rich text formatting commands.
These initial tests highlight the strength of Browserscope as a framework to host multiple categories, whether they be new or existing tests. Other test categories being planned include CSS reflow, cookies, and security.
Test results are crowdsourced – anyone can point their browser at Browserscope and run one or all of the tests. Crowdsourcing produces greater browser coverage tested under real world conditions, and lowers Browserscope’s resource requirements meaning the project can run in perpetuity.
We need you to contribute. If you have tests you’d like to see added to Browserscope, review the code, submit a bug, or contact the group. And take a few minutes right now to find out how your browser ranks, and share your results to help build up this repository of browser behavior.