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From Marius Scurtescu <>
Subject Re: xhtml and Internet Explorer
Date Thu, 30 Oct 2003 21:08:54 GMT
I will consider implementing a filter to remove
the empty lines before the <html> tag.

For now I eliminated most of the empty lines by
<%@page import="..." %>
<%@page language="Java" %>
<jsp:include page="foo.jsp" />
<jsp:include page="bar.jsp" />
<jsp:include page="baz.jsp" />


<%@page import="..." language="Java" 
%><jsp:include page="foo.jsp" 
/><jsp:include page="bar.jsp" 
/><jsp:include page="baz.jsp" />

Ugly, but at least there is one directive per page.

It would be great if the JSP compiler would not output
new lines for lines containing only JSP directives. I
will fill a feature request for this.

I am using IE 6 SP1, so this issue is still not
fixed. Microsfot may not even be aware of it.


Christopher Schultz wrote:
> Marius,
>> Thanks for all the replies. I did solve the mystery.
>> IE is indeed a POS.
> I told you :)
>> IE seems
>> to be scanning for the <html> tag (don't ask why) and
>> if it does not find it soon enough then it gives up
>> and treats the file as raw XML. Pretty smart.
>> Now this is sort of a show stopper for me, unless I
>> find a way to reduce the empty lines a the top of
>> a file. Is there a way in Tomcat to prevent the
> If you have multiple JSP directives at the tops of your pages, consider 
> putting them onto the same line. For example:
> <%@page import="..." %>
> <%@page language="Java" %>
> <jsp:include page="foo.jsp" />
> <jsp:include page="bar.jsp" />
> <jsp:include page="baz.jsp" />
> Maybe change this to:
> <%@page import="..." %><%@page language="Java" %><jsp:include 
> page="foo.jsp" /><jsp:include page="bar.jsp" /><jsp:include 
> page="baz.jsp" />
> Also note that all of your <%@page ... %> directives can be put together 
> into one directive, which uses less space.
> Tomcat really can't be blamed, because you are putting the newlines into 
> the JSP file yourself. The only thing I can think of would be to have 
> Tomcat ignore trailing whitespace on JSP source lines that nothing but a 
> JSP directive or something like <jsp:include>...
> You other option might be to create a filter that collapsed multiple 
> consecutive newlines into a single one. This might break some of your 
> page, though.
>> A few more observation regarding IE. It seems that
>> once it guessed the type of a page it is caching that
>> info in memory.
> Even better! What version of IE are you using, BTW? I'm wondering if 
> they've finally fixed this in IE 6.0. I still use 5.5 when I view a site 
> that's so broken in Mozilla that I can't make sense of it (which makes 
> me pretty much furious).
> -chris

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