Netscape Releases Version With XML Fixed

    June 20, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

A problem with XML rendering that hindered Internet Explorer on systems with the new Netscape browser installed has been fixed.

Netscape has released version 8.0.2 of its browser, fixing an XML issue that had caused Microsoft’s native browser to display XML files like RSS feeds as blank pages.

According to an AOL spokesman, the problem with the XML files may have been inadvertently caused by Microsoft. Netscape programmers used documentation on IE when building the browser. It now appears that documentation was faulty.

A Microsoft program manager for Internet Explorer had reported on the problem. Microsoft recommended uninstalling Netscape as the fix for the issue.

AOL purchased Netscape in 1999 for $4.2 billion USD. Development of the new Netscape browser was performed by a third-party developer firm in Canada.

The fix also addressed other issues that caused some Netscape crashes. But there have been some user reports that the new browser crashes as well.

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