__/ [The Ghost In The Machine] on Friday 02 September 2005 22:00 \__
> While researching other issues which I won't get into regarding
> UTF-8/ASCII/ISO8859-1, I've discovered the following.
>  IE can't handle <anything>.xml unless it has a proper <!DOCTYPE>.
> Apparently it thinks XML is always XML, even in the
> http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml namespace; this leads to
> certain bizarrities.
>  IE can handle "UTF-16LE" but not "UTF-16BE". Now that to me
> is just bizarre. For its part Mozilla has no problems with
> either one, though it doesn't like control characters in
> XML files, even if they're specified in the form ''.
> That's probably somewhere in the XML specs.
>  If one puts a bad encoding in the first XML line
> <?xml version='1.0' encoding='xxx'?>
> IE complains that it doesn't support the given encoding
> but doesn't say which ones it *can* support. Grrr!
>  Pi (π) is a nice character that pops up in a lot of places.
> (For example; if one has slats or boards of a certain width,
> and one throws an idealized toothpick of the same length as
> that width onto them, the probability it touches a boundary is
> 2/pi. This is apparently called "Buffon's Needle". A nice
> applet is available at
> http://www.ms.uky.edu/~mai/java/stat/buff.html .)
> However, IE has problems rendering π, at least on my one box.
> If IE is the "standard" browser, Windows users need a different standard.
> :-) Or perhaps we just need to go some other way?
It gets worse:
Internet Explorer also dies if you do not obey the secret Microsoft 'Web
standards', which of course no-one has access to. I find it rather humorous
more than anything. I think it is well-deserved that MS-centric behaviour
leads to their own demise in a /direct/ way.
PS - The only thing IE does not suffer from is the ability to play and
support proprietary formats. That said, DVD Jon has done something on the
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