IE5.0 does not conform to RFC2376
murata at apsdc.ksp.fujixerox.co.jp
Sun Mar 21 15:20:38 GMT 1999
I believe that IE 5.0 does not conform to RFC2376 (XML Media Types),
of which I am a co-author.
As for the XML media type "text/xml", the charset parameter in the
MIME header is authoritative. Encoding declarations have to be ignored
so that transcoding is possible.
However, IE 5.0 appears to always ignore the charset parameter and use
the BOM or encoding declaration only. Therefore, IE 5.0 does not conform to
Proof: I made a UTF-8 XML document which also parses even when it is assumed as
Shift_JIS. Then, I provided the correct charaset parameter "utf-8"
in the MIME header by configuring Apache and provided an encoding declaration
"Shift_JIS" in the XML document. Such mismatch is perfectly legal and
usual when proxies perform code conversion. I tried this document with IE 5.0.
Incorrect characters were displayed. Q.E.D.
When the charset parameter is not specified, it is assumed as US-ASCII. The
column "Setting Your Server Up for XML" (http://www.xml.com/1999/03/ie5/first-x.xml)
considers this case only.
If you are using Apache and overriding by AddType is allowed, you only have to
create a file named .htaccess in your directory and write a line as below:
AddType "text/xml; charset=utf-8" xml
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