RE: [xsl] FW: ] Top Ten Java and XSLT Tips, #5

Subject: RE: [xsl] FW: ] Top Ten Java and XSLT Tips, #5
From: "Julian Reschke" <julian.reschke@xxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2001 12:38:02 +0200
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> [mailto:owner-xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of David
> Carlisle
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> Subject: Re: [xsl] FW: ] Top Ten Java and XSLT Tips, #5
> > 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.

It does, but it instatiates MSXML3 in a "backward compatibilty mode" where
it inherits some of MSXML's bugs.

> 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".

I don't think this is the official Microsoft statement -- it sounded more
like a team member of the XML group who was frustrated by what the IE group
was doing.

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