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Bad News on IE6 XML Support
- From: "Roger L. Costello" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Fri, 07 Sep 2001 16:31:26 -0400
Cafe con Leche XML News and Resources  reports bad news on IE 6 XML
> I've now successfully installed Internet Explorer 6 on
> my NT box and have been able to check out its support
> for XML (or lack thereof). I've also received a number
> of reports from readers.
> First the good news: IE6 does seem to support XSLT
> 1.0. I haven't run it through extensive testing but it
> did correctly render all the simple XML + XSLT 1.0
> examples I took from the XML Bible 2nd edition. It
> does recognize the
> namespace. This is about two years too late, but
> better late than never.
> Now for the bad news (and there's a lot of it):
> At first glance, CSS support for XML does not seem to
> be significantly improved. For instance, display:
> table is still not supported.
> Microsoft still labors under the illusion that there
> is a MIME media type text/xsl. IE does not recognize
> the actual MIME types text/xml and
> application/xml+xslt as identifying XSL stylesheets.
> The XML parser built-in to IE is thoroughly broken. It
> accepts some malformed documents as well-formed. It
> rejects many real-world well-formed and even valid XML
> documents as malformed, most embarrassingly the first
> edition of the XML 1.0 specification itself.
> Bottom line: any doubt that the IE team at Microsoft
> actually cares about standards has been erased. More
> than three years since XML 1.0 was released and almost
> two years after XSLT 1.0 was released, IE still does
> not correctly implement these specifications. Even
> though the XML parser group at Microsoft provided the
> IE group with a relatively standards conformant XML
> parser/XSLT processor, the IE programmers deliberately
> chose to cripple it rather than support standard XML!
> The excuses that the IE team simply made a mistake in
> interpreting the spec, or that their software shipped
> before the specs were finished are no longer tenable.
> The only reasonable interpretation of Microsoft's
> actions is that the IE developers believe it's more
> important to maintain compatibility with broken, beta,
> Microsoft proprietary experiments than to support
> proven, reliable, standard specifications. They do
> not exist in a culture that rewards compliance with
> specifications. At most they care about
> compatibility with other Microsoft software. They are
> simply not willing to expend any effort to improve
> compatibility with the rest of the world. In the
> future, one must assume that Microsoft will
> implement only those parts of XML specification that
> they like, and that they will change, modify, extend,
> and break those parts of the specs they don't like.
> Conformance to standards is simply not a
> virtue in the Microsoft world.