TechWhirl (TECHWR-L) is a resource for technical writing and technical communications professionals of all experience levels and in all industries to share their experiences and acquire information.
For two decades, technical communicators have turned to TechWhirl to ask and answer questions about the always-changing world of technical communications, such as tools, skills, career paths, methodologies, and emerging industries. The TechWhirl Archives and magazine, created for, by and about technical writers, offer a wealth of knowledge to everyone with an interest in any aspect of technical communications.
Subject:IE5 Only -- The Real Poop From:"Jason Willebeek-LeMair" <jlemair -at- cisco -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L (E-mail)" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Wed, 12 Jul 2000 14:03:22 -0500
Actually, there is an excellent reason for requiring Internet Explorer 5.x.
In fact, I created an internal web site with the same requirement. The
reason has nothing to do with FrontPage, proprietary HTML markup, or
Microsoft trying to take over the world. It is because IE 5 supports XML and
XSLT (granted, a bastardized XSLT, but I hear it is getting better).
The company seems to be a pre-IPO XML solutions shop. My bet (I am not
willing to bet much, since I could not get past their login page) is that
they are serving native XML pages that call as specific XSLT. Right now, IE
5.x is the only browser (that I know of) that will tranform XML on the fly.
Sounds like a crappy requirement, but if you are looking for someone who
knows XML thoroughly enough to be familiar with the tool support, then the
requirement makes a LITTLE more sense.