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RE: Bad News on IE6 XML Support
- From: "Simon St.Laurent" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: email@example.com
- Date: Sun, 09 Sep 2001 02:09:31 -0400
At 10:32 PM 9/8/2001 -0700, Joshua Allen wrote:
>The fact is, I do not believe that the
>spec requires the web browser to bomb on people who want to view such
>files, and I know for certain that users don't want that.
Isn't that precisely what browser vendors requested of the XML WG? (Both
NS and Microsoft.) We've been told that story here often enough that I
believe it's likely true.
"People who want to view such files" may have no clue what's going on, but
I suspect they'll be calling up someone who does know and getting the
documents fixed. People do send nasty messages to webmasters and other
information providers, and that feedback loop is a lot of why the Web works
as well as it does.
> Maybe the
>browser should pop up a warning or something, but let's not act like
>this is a black-and-white issue.
Supporting the creation of a class of supposedly XML documents that work
fine in IE but no where else at all seems like a reasonably black-and-white
Perhaps I'm a little more tolerant of "relaxed" parsers that come with
clearly-written warning labels, but I see no such warnings on Internet
Explorer, nor do I think them likely.