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Re: Universal Stylesheet broken with IE5.5?

From: Brent M Hendricks <brentmh@ece.rice.edu>
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 2003 12:04:56 -0500
Message-ID: <3E930138.6020906@ece.rice.edu>
To: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
CC: www-math@w3.org

David Carlisle wrote:
> IE5.5 doesn't by default have an XSLT engine so most of the XSLT
> collection won't work unless you have installed msxml3 in replace mode,
> when it should work (that's the system they were developed on)

Right.  Unfortunately, I haven't figured out a server-side way to detect 
whether they have msxml3 installed :(

> pmathml.xsl (only) does also have some code that should make its basic
> functionality (without preference settings) work using Microsoft's "XSL"
> wd-xsl dialect transformation engine that is in IE 5.5.

OK.  That explains part of it.  I was using mathml.xsl, rather 
pmathml.xsl.  pmathml.xsl doesn't give a blank page, but it shows an 
"empty" object.

>>Has something changed that would  break this,
> It's possible of course (I no longer have a 5.5 to hand) but that wasn't
> the intention. If you are using pmathml.xsl and it isn't working can you
> send me off list a sample file and I'll find a machine with 5.5 to test

OK.  I just took the sample page from the W3C site and pared it down a 
bit.  There's a version using mathml.xsl at 
http://rhaptos.ece.rice.edu/technology/mathml2/mathml.xml and a version 
using pmathml.xsl at 

I'll send you attachments offlist, but if anyone else on the list could 
hit those pages with IE5.5, I'd appreciate the feedback.

> it on, there'll be one in the building somewhere I'm sure.

Good luck.  It was more difficult than I thought to track down a version 
of 5.5 for testing.  Simply backing down 6.0 wasn't sufficient since 
that leaves msxml3 in place.  You have to remove that manually.  Plus I 
had an expired copy of techexplorer I couldn't seem to uninstall....

-- Brent


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