RE: What about IE5
Hi Horacio, <YourComment> Hi, Im looking for diferent opinions about IE5 and how it behaves with XML; is it just like the beta version or better? </YourComment> <Reply> Refreshing to see an inquiring mind (someone not playing the favorite sport of these days, Microsoft bashing :-). IE 5.x seems to be more stable. We got some bugs with the Beta that are resolved in the final version. ON the XSL side, nothing changed. I guess that they still consider XSL as an experiment (the spec is not officially out). About XML: I didn't noticed anything that doesn't respect the W3C XML 1.0 spec. If the document includes a DTD it is validated, if not, it is not. CSS support is a lot better than in the previous version. We got several CSS scripts that where not working with the last version that now work with this one. As usual I would say that it is probably not 100% compliant but near of. If it where a product from somebody else than Microsoft, people not involved in the Jihad would say that it is "worst is best" kind of implementation. Not perfect but can handle a lot of errors (and on the web expect everything to happen :-). The HTML active document editor interface got several bugs in the beta, this is now resolved. For instance, a document loaded in edit mode would not be displayed completely. Also, the DOM is still the HTML dom, but now you can do a Query interface to get the official W3C interface. You can also get XML document DOM. On the con side, I would say that it is very hard to add new style sheet engines to the XML viewer which is an active document. So, HTML is rendered with a HTML active document and XML with an other one. CSS2 support is not complete. The XML rendition engine is not optimized. I made some benchmark and noticed that it takes about the same time to render a XML with XSL style sheet as the same document with a dsssl style sheet but the latter being an engine launched in separate process. The MXXSL is a dll and not a process so, it should be faster than a external process, but it is not, so either the XML parser is slow or the XSL engine. I guess it is the latter. In conclusion, I would say that on the XML front, you'll see more significant changes in version 6 when the XSL specs will be official and the CSS2 specs feedback completed. The overall performance is improved. It seems that parts of the new Form+ engine is already in place. Also, the final release has a lot less memory leaks than the beta version (but there is still some. I am amazed to see that since the beginning, this software has memory leaks). Now explorer bars are working correctly. In the previous IE 4.x version, you got a bug where all registered Explorer bar would create a huge view->explorer bar menu. In the beta version, IE 5.x was confounding a communication band with an explorer bar - this is now fixed. So I would say, put the beta in the garbage - it has bugs (obviously but is also a resource hungry soft) and get the release. But on the XML front, no big news. I guess that 5.x release will be where both Mozilla and IE will come closer in terms of functionality. </Reply> regards Didier PH Martin mailto:martind@xxxxxxxxxxxxx http://www.netfolder.com XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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