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Does Microsoft Internet Explorer accept the media type application/xhtml+xml?
No. However, there is a trick that allows you to serve XHTML1.0 documents to Internet Explorer as application/xml.
Include at the top of your document the line in bold here:<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="copy.xsl"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
where copy.xsl is a file that contains the following:<stylesheet version="1.0"
Note that this file must be on the same site as the document referring to it.
Although you are serving the document as XML, and it gets parsed as XML, the browser thinks it has received text/html, and so your XHTML 1.0 document must follow many of the guidelines for serving to legacy browsers.
Your XHTML document will continue to work on browsers that accept XHTML 1.0 as application/xml.
I'm not sure there are many advantages compared to simply serving the markup as
to IE. The XSL transformation changes the XML to HTML, so you're still restricted to using just HTML markup in the document. Using
rather than the recommended
is less than ideal too.
It does however add another option rather than using server-side scripting if you want to experiment with "ultra-strict" XHTML and still have a semblance of cross-browser support.