Microsoft is advising users of Netscape 8 to either uninstall the software or edit their computer’s Registry files because of a bug in America Online’s new browser.
According to a Microsoft engineer, Netscape 8 disables the XML (Extensible Markup Language) rendering capabilities in Internet Explorer, meaning that some Web pages will not be visible in IE after Netscape 8 is installed.
In a posting today to the Internet Explorer Weblog, Microsoft’s Dave Massy, senior program manager for Internet Explorer, said that his company had confirmed the problem, which had previously been reported on Internet newsgroups and forums. “If you navigate in IE to an XML file such as an RSS feed… rather than seeing the data you are presented with a blank page,” he wrote. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a format widely used to keep track of updates to Web sites.
Massy offered two workarounds to the problem: uninstalling Netscape 8, or deleting the XML node from a Registry file entitled