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I don't believe it's legal to have an HTTP response without a valid Content-Type. A text/plain content-type, though, is fairly common as a "fall-back" for most web servers.

The problem here is that IE never trusts the web server. When it receives what it considers a "possibly too generic" content type, it will second-guess the web server and try to figure out the content type on its own, so if it sees a text/plain content-type, but something that looks XML or HTML-ish, it will interpret it as XML or HTML.

Most people view this as really evil/stupid behavior, since it encourages misconfigured web servers. Neither Mozilla nor Netscape have adopted this practice, to my knowledge.

In reply to Re: Re: Getting Netscape to use a linked XSL stylesheet by Fastolfe
in thread Getting Netscape to use a linked XSL stylesheet by AlistairFromScotland

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