[Bug 908] LFS Testing doesn't render properly on MSIE

Matthew Burgess matthew at linuxfromscratch.org
Tue Oct 5 10:40:31 PDT 2004


 > http://bugs.linuxfromscratch.org/show_bug.cgi?id=908
 > Closing the bug. The use of XML declaration is delayed again.

Folks,

As the details in the bug show (thanks Nico!) this was _not_ a bug in 
the book, rather the book was triggering a bug in Internet Explorer.  I 
in no means want to start a flamewar with this, but do we really want to 
be treating IE with so much respect?  I really think this is a good 
opportunity to stick two fingers up at MS (and IE in particular) and 
simply not support that browser.  Putting a prominent entry in the FAQ 
can outline the reasons why support has been dropped.

Given our intended target audience is fairly technical, I'm sure that 
they will be more than capable of finding that FAQ item and installing 
an alternative web browser.  The question really is though, how many 
other browsers break when the XML declaration is put back in?  I only 
use FireFox, and I know it doesn't break, and quite rightly so.

Just so it's clear, this is really low priority, and fixing it is not 
even _required_.  I'm just wondering whether there's an opportunity here 
to prove a point - standards are there for a reason MS, break them at 
your own risk!  Now, if only the rest of the intarweb would follow suit!

Cheers,

Matt.



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