XPSP2 and XHTML 3

I installed XP SP2 RC2 last weekend (mostly to get DHTML Menu 4 working) and overall it is a big disappointment… but today I realized that it does not ask me to save XHTML (application/xhtml+xml) files anymore but it actually shows it. Does this mean that IE in SP2 will support XHTML? Unfortunately IE still does not support XHTML correctly. Modifying the XHTML file so that it no longer is well formed gives no XML parse error.

I’m not yet sure whether I like this new behavior. It is obvious that this will lead to troubles where people only test their pages in IE. Why doesn’t Microsoft test for wellformedness? That should be trivial to do.

  • http://www.kurafire.net/ Faruk Ates

    I’d be mostly interested to see how IE in SP2 behaves when faces with CSS that it currently can’t handle. Any details on that which you can share, perhaps?

  • http://erik.eae.net Erik Arvidsson

    I’m using the publicly available RC2 version that you can find at microsoft.com.

    I doubt IE has any changes when it comes to CSS support. At least none are listed in the documents I’ve found.

  • http://erik.eae.net Erik Arvidsson

    I’ve now installed the RTM version and this no longer happens. I’m a bit confused whether it was my setup for RC2 that made this kind of work or if it was supposed to work in RC2.