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

Jeremy Huntwork jhuntwork at linuxfromscratch.org
Thu Oct 7 10:57:40 PDT 2004

On Thu, 2004-10-07 at 18:29 +0100, Matthew Burgess wrote:
> It's not a case of "Our way is right".  It's not even a case of "The 
> *Standard* way is right".  It's more of a case of "The Standard way is 
> *the* Standard way" and the user has a non standards-compliant browser.

What about putting a note to this effect in the book itself?  This does
appear to be a minor issue, but as has been shown, will likely affect a
lot of people. Why not put a note, perhaps on the prerequisites page,
like so:

"Microsoft Internet Explorer is broken, in that it switches to non-
standards-compatible mode if anything appears in a document before the
DOCTYPE declaration. This causes the navigation bars in our html book to
be rendered improperly in IE.  For a fully compatible and standard-
conforming browser, see firefox: (link) Try it for yourself and see the

Or something to that effect.  Something that shows how IE is broken, why
we use the standards and that offers a solution.  IMHO, that falls into
the ideal of educating our users, while allowing room for those who just
haven't learned any better yet.

I've heard some say that newcomers to LFS should still be familiar with
Linux, and therefore know other browsers.  That may be true, but that
doesn't mean that these same users would always be reading our docs on a
linux machine or understand fully that IE is broken and why it's broken.

Jeremy Huntwork

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