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Subject: Re: FW: ] Top Ten Java and XSLT Tips, #5
From: David Carlisle <davidc@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 11:01:53 +0100
Re:  FW: ] Top Ten Java and XSLT Tips
> In fact there are so many bugs in IE6 I am surprised it was released.

The most depressing thing about IE6 is that while they have half heartedly
added XSLT support, it does not (unlike IE5.5+MSXML3/replace mode, which
was really quite a nice XML browser) have any real support for parsing
XML files.

If you give an XML file to IE6 it does _not_ use MSXML3 to parse it
even though MSXML3 is bundled with the system.

In particular it does not accept any characters (or character
references) above 2^16. Which means for example that no valid
MathML files (or XHTML+MathML files) may be browsed using IE6.
IE5.5/MSXML3 accepts them but IE6 reports a fatal error on the DTD
as it uses character references to the math characters added in Unicode
3.1. This was an intentional "bug compatibility with IE4" decision
as confirmed by Microsft on their msxml newsgroup...

Despite the fact that XML was conceived as "SGML for the web"
we are told that using a web browser to read XML files is 
"just wrong". 


Microsoft responses you'll find on microsoft.public.xml.msxml-webrelease




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