Netscape 8 breaks IE (again) (XML)
If you want to be able to view XML pages using IE or any other browser, then your only option, until this problem is resolved, is to uninstall Netscape 8 and then navigate to this registry key:
Delete the subkey (node) for XML.
Ignore the incorrect advice on community.netscape.com. First, you do not need to reinstall IE or Windows. Second, deleting the key will not work if you keep Netscape 8 installed on your system.
Netscape 8 has already been patched and is now at version 8.0.1 BUT there is nothing in the release notes to tell us whether the XML problem is fixed in 8.01.
Update: 1 June 2005
Netscape says “We apologize for the inconvenience that this bug has caused you. This certainly isn't desired behavior and we didn't even intentionally change that registry key. The development team is hard at work on a patch.”
They didn't intentionally change it? So they changed it accidentally? Cripes, what sort of programmers do they have there?
And see this:
“"This is a very minor issue. The average user is never going to see an XML page. The only users who potentially might see this as a problem are programmers and developers. For the average user, it's zero.”
Well, that makes me feel better (not). First, it is not a “very minor issue”, and second, the average user will be affected - do you want to be able to read RSS? Play some online games (www.there.com, for example?) Sorry, but according to Netscape only programmers and developers do that!
Update 18 June 2005: 8.0.2 apparently fixes this bug: