Update for Netscape 8 to be released

Posted on Monday, May 30 2005 @ 0:41 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
A Microsoft engineer said last week that Netscape 8 disables Internet Explorer's XML rendering capabilities. This means that people with IE won't be able to view XML web pages with IE after installing the newest version of Netscape.

An official fix for this problem will be released by AOL within a few days. It will be delivered to users via Netscape's auto-update feature. Netscape 8 was launched as a secure and easy-to-use web browser but only a few hours after the launch forty security flaws were found in the browser and a few days later users started reporting the problem with Internet Explorer.

An engineer from Microsoft posted the following fix on the Internet Explorer development blog:
  1. Uninstall Netscape 8
    1. Type: regedit
    2. Hit ENTER
    3. Navigate to the following:
    4. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESOFTWAREMicrosoftInternet ExplorerPluginsExtension
    5. Highlight and right-click the node titled "xml" and select delete.
    6. Restart Internet Explorer
Unfortunately if Netscape 8 remains installed then the registry key is continually rewritten so this is an essential step if you are to be able to view XML content in IE.

Why does Netscape 8 needs to change a registry key from Internet Explorer? Odd.

Source: PCWorld

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Re: Update for Netscape 8 to be released
by Anonymous on Tuesday, May 31 2005 @ 21:51 CEST
Not odd. Netscape uses IE engine, so it needs to integrate with IE.

This entire issue is sooo overhyped. Users don't view XML in IE. That is feature only for programmers, and only very few of them. So few, that even Netscape developers didn't notice it was broken.

Anyway, from the 8th generation of browsers I prefer Opera.