XML Support in IE 4.0

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Oct 6 19:17:41 BST 1997

At 10:29 PM 04/10/97 -0400, Paul Prescod wrote:
>Could somebody please describe what was shown. Does IE 4.0 allow the
>display of XML documents?

My understanding is that IE 4 has

1. CDF processing (it's XML)
2. a couple of XML parsers, one in C, one in Java - MSXML, for which
   they'll provide source
3. an XML object model API to parsed XML docs
4. an XML Data Source Object.  DSOs are things in MS's "Dynamic HTML"
   implementation whereby you can drive an HTML display with a data
   source on the client.  SO the idea would be that you could send
   some XML to the client and energize a portion of the display with
   it.  It should be noted that the Netscape and Microsoft
   implementations of "Dynamic HTML" are violently incompatible
   which is why there is a W3C DOM activity that is about to start
   emitting specs giving a portable way to do the same things.

Anyhow; IE4 doesn't have direct/native XML display yet.  However, Given the 
fact that MS co-authored the XSL proposal, I think we can assume that the
commercial browser marketplace is hip to the idea that displaying XML
would be A Good Thing. -Tim

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