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Netscape v8 Breaks MS IE Browser

Posted: 27th May, 2005 By: MarkJ
It's been confirmed that installing the latest version of Netscape v8 will 'break' MS Internet Explorer's XML rendering capabilities. Naughty.. naughty:

Dave Massy, a senior programme manager for IE, warned users in a blog posting that after installing Netscape 8, IE will render XML files as a blank page, including XML files that have an XSLT transformation.

Microsoft did not make clear what versions of IE were affected, but a user of the DeveloperDex forum said he experienced the problem on version 6 of IE, which had been patched with Windows Service Pack 2. The forum user, known as cybarber, said this issue has put him off using Netscape.

Microsoft said it was investigating the problem and will work with Netscape to resolve it. It advised a "work around" of uninstalling Netscape 8 and editing the registry settings.


Conspiracy theorists believe that it's actually an intricate plot by Microsoft to make switching onto Netscape a less attractive option. We prefer to think of it as a lack of proper beta testing. More @ ZDNet.
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