IEStandards.xml requests

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The other day, I saw some 404 errors for the file IEStandards.xml in my error logs. After a little research, I found some links here and here that lead me to believe that I had done something wrong. Let me explain…

The site I created uses an extensive amount of javascript. For some reason, Internet Explorer was not allowing this site to function correctly - only on certain instances of IE8. It was disallowing an AJAX submission and instead, redirecting the page with a popup warning information bar. Grrr!

I did some research and found out that I needed to set IE8 to emulate IE8. I did so by entering the following tag into the head of my document:

<meta content="IE=EmulateIE8" http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible">

Problem solved. It worked for the user and we moved on. However, it appears that IE was actually sending an additional request now… or at least I think that was happening. I was seeing the 404’s for the IEStandards.xml file.

I believe the solution is a two fold solution, now. It is necessary to use the meta tag AND have the resulting IEStandards.xml file in place.

IEStandards.xml

<ie8standardsmode></ie8standardsmode>

I think this is the complete solution - before I had just “patched” it. The documents always made it seem like it was one or the other - not both. Anyone know if I’m correct?

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