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 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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