IEBlog : Netscape 8 and Internet Explorer’s XML Rendering

We’ve just confirmed an issue that has started to be reported on newsgroups and forums that after installing Netscape 8 the XML rendering capabilities of Internet Explorer no longer work. That means that if you navigate in IE to an XML file such as an RSS feed http://msdn.microsoft.com/xml/rss.xml or an XML file with an XSLT transformation applied then rather than seeing the data you are presented with a blank page.

We currently have the following work around for people that are hitting this issue:

noted by K. Burel



  1. Rafael Mena Barreto says:

    And the suggestion to solve this “trouble” in I.E. is remove Netscape. What about left Internet “Exploder” of side?

  2. gquaglia says:

    This wouldn’t be a problem if you could just delete IE. There is no reason it should be so closely tied to the OS.

  3. Anthony says:

    Perhaps I’m behind the times, but if you are using Netscape as you primary browser then why would you continue to view XML files in IE?

    As far as I know (and I could easily be wrong) there is no need for the OS to use XML files as gquaglia suggests.

  4. Pat says:

    I agree with Anthony. My default browser is Firefox. Occasionally, with some programs, going through the program to the website used IE. Why, I don’t know and don’t really care. As these programs update themselves they are increasingly using Firefox.

    BTW, since using Firefox, my use of Ad-Aware and Spybot S&E have dropped from daily to maybe every second week. Each scan finds only a few instances of spyware too.

    As for IE being so imbedded with Windows, Micro$oft had a special vision. Their idea back in the late 1990’s was that the transition from your desktop to the internet would be seamless. Not such a bad idea, except that the malevolence of spam, viruses, hijackers, etc. all served to destroy the concept. Now, even M$ strongly urge computer users to use firewalls, anti-virus programs, etc. Because WINDOWS is still based upon the seamless concept, the imbedded IE is still stuck there.

  5. N says:

    Well, I could be wrong but I think Windows uses IE to render XML when viewing XML from the operating system, like, for example, a MSN Messenger history file. MS has jumped on the XML wagon and has used IE to do so. So it’s not just a simple matter of saying don’t use IE, Windows will use IE whether you like it or not.


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