- Page doesn't show right in Mozilla, but does in IE



17 years ago
a year ago


(Reporter: matevz.jekovec, Unassigned)






17 years ago
From Bugzilla Helper:
User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Win98; en-US; rv:0.9.9+) Gecko/20020409
BuildID:    20020409

Ok, this one's weird. I'm not sure if the page is written only for Explorer or
there is something with MoZilla. I just see the page source and not the page
itself. I tried both MoZilla and Netscape 4.79. In IE, it works fine.

Reproducible: Always

Actual Results:  Page is not shown - the page source is written.

Expected Results:  Page should show normally, like in IE.
server-problem, not Mozilla problem (the server doesn't send a MimeType). and
added as TechEvang several times
Ah... the server _does_ send a mime type. That's the problem.  The type it sends
is text/plain.  If it sent no type at all, we'd do content detection and decide
this is HTML, but as it is, we have to show it as text.

To evangelism.
Assignee: attinasi → doron
Component: Layout → US General
Ever confirmed: true
OS: Windows 98 → All
Product: Browser → Tech Evangelism
QA Contact: petersen → zach
Hardware: PC → All
Version: other → unspecified
wrong component.
Assignee: doron → prokosch
Component: US General → Europe: East
QA Contact: zach → momoi

Comment 4

17 years ago
How does IE manage to view it then?!
Because IE completely ignores the server type and always does content detection.
 As a result, it very often shows as HTML content that is not at all HTML but
happens to contain HTML-like things in it.... As a result of this, people try to
not post such content.  :(

As a note, IE is the _only_ browser that exhibits this broken behavior.  All
other browsers I have tried (Lynx, links, opera, NS4/NS4/Mozilla, Amaya,
Konqueror) show the page as plain text.

Comment 6

17 years ago
But which line of the code does IE find and assume it is HTML? If I get this
right, you could write an executable binary file and if IE will find a line in a
file close to <A HREF="">, it will read it as a HTML page?! (how
tipically Microsoftish, and probably it crashes then;).
Ok, anyway, could there be a checkbox in openfile dialog to select whether to
open a page with Autodetect enabled or not? (Also the same checkbox could be at
bookmark property, if there is a page you always want to view with autodetect
content enabled...).
> But which line of the code does IE find and assume it is HTML?

Presumably the one that says <html>, though it likely detects a wider array of

You could certainly file an RFE on the checkbox thing, but I gotta warn you:
it'd be kinda hard to implement (hence be low-priority and take a while) and the
standards-compliance people might have issue with it... This is not to say such
an rfe should not be filed.  If it is, file it on HTTP networking and cc me.
Mass-accepting bugs - sorry for the spam. I'm back :)
Quitting Evangelism due to lack of time...
Assignee: nikolai → nobody
Summary: Page doesn't show right in Mozilla, but does in IE → - Page doesn't show right in Mozilla, but does in IE

Comment 10

16 years ago
-> other
Assignee: nobody → other
Component: Europe: East → Other
QA Contact: momoi → other

Comment 11

16 years ago
*** Bug 215485 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Same with this other page:
Now the site sents a correct MIME type. Resolving as FIXED.

Ildefonso: for problems with a website other than, please file a
separate bug.
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
Product: Tech Evangelism → Tech Evangelism Graveyard
See Also: → bug 1389429
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