IE8: Not supporting XHTML?

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

Continuing from previous post

Following are the web log entries that contain the new MSIE 8.0 user agent string, with the specific MS IP address blocked out:

— – – [04/Mar/2008:01:55:29 +0000] “GET /favicon.ico HTTP/1.1” 200 1406 “-” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.2; .NET CLR 3.5.21022; MS-RTC LM 8; OfficeLiveConnector.1.0)”

— – – [04/Mar/2008:01:55:29 +0000] “GET /standards/ie8-standards-mode-by-default/ HTTP/1.1” 200 29177 “” “Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 6.0; SLCC1; .NET CLR 2.0.50727; .NET CLR 3.0.04506; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.2; .NET CLR 3.5.21022; MS-RTC LM 8; OfficeLiveConnector.1.0)”

Typically, IE access to this site results in only one log entry: the entry for the specific page. There are no log entries for CSS files, JS files, and so on, because IE doesn’t support the XHTML MIME type, and therefore doesn’t parse the page and pull these resources. This is what I’m seeing in my web log for these log entries.

These two log entries also reflect the new Office Live functionality, just released. The Office Live functionality could impact on what’s picked up from a page–hard to say, because I don’t have any Office Live accesses for my sites that aren’t strict XHTML. However, if these log entries do reflect access of the post directly with IE8, based on the fact that none of the CSS or image files were also pulled, and based on the pattern of access of pages at this site by previous versions of IE, IE8 does not support the XHTML mime type.

To repeat what I said in the last post, this statement isn’t based on a confirmation from the company. It’s a guess based on current web log entries reflecting the new user agent string for IE8, an IP address that resolves to inside Microsoft, and matching a pattern I’ve seen with previous IE versions that cannot access this site because of the MIME type I use. With the continued silence from the IE team and Microsoft, guesswork is all I have to go on. I sincerely hope I’m proven wrong.

Copyright Web Writing

Something for nothing

Recovered from the Wayback Machine.

I like Andrew Orlowski, though he offered me a writing job once and then yanked it. I don’t always agree with him, and I don’t always agree with how he phrases some of his material, but he typically has a good point.

Take the recent Nine Inch Nails album release. Several songs for free, and the rest of the album costs $5.00. What happens? It’s immediately dumped on Pirate Bay. Bandwidth issues aside, as Radiohead found out, people won’t pay.

The anti-copyright crowd kicked at the music business, because it was complacent, wasteful and reactionary, and no digital download services were available. Then they kicked at DRM-locked music, because DRM was there. Then DRM died, and they’d indiscriminately kick at the music business – indie or major – simply because there was a middleman. But now, with no middleman, they just kick the creator directly. They can’t stop kicking. These zombies are unstoppable. Are they incurable, too?

This goes beyond copyright. Too many people expect immediate access to anything on the Net, or anything that could possibly be put on the Net. They want something for nothing. This isn’t free speech, this isn’t Free the Mouse, this isn’t anything to do with not stifling creativity: people assume a privilege for themselves they, frankly, don’t deserve. Their cry is, “gimme gimme gimme”, existing in a state of selfishness to bring down the band. And by their selfishness, they’ll probably screw things up for the rest of us. After all, DRM doesn’t exist so you can’t copy a song on to your iPod.

Excuse me, while I go put my DRM locked movie into the DVD player.