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<?xml version = "1.0" encoding = "utf-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN"
The contents of the apple frame (displayed in second frame of frames.html)
of frames.html - a general description of fruit
<html xmlns = "http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head> <title> Apple Information </title>
Apple is the common name for any tree of the genus Malus, of
the family Rosaceae. Apple trees grow in any of the temperate
areas of the world. Some apple blossoms are white, but most
have stripes or tints of rose. Some apple blossoms are bright
red. Apples have a firm and fleshy structure that grows from
the blossom. The colors of apples range from green to very
dark red. The wood of apple trees is fine-grained and hard.
It is, therefore, good for furniture construction. Apple trees
have been grown for many centuries. They are propagated by
grafting because they do not reproduce themselves.
When I open up IE and go to http://localhost/apples.html, I find that the html file is wrongly displayed. Instead of displaying the content of the <p> tag in the browser, it displays the file as an xml file with a listing of all the tags and their content with the xml declartion at the top. But if I take out the xml declaration or, alternatively, leave the xml declaration in and make the comment at the top to be very short (i.e. <!-- apples.html -->), then IE displays the html file properly and just shows the content of the <p> tag as expected. Also if I open up Windows Explorer and navigate to apples.html and double click on it, IE opens up and displays the html file properly. But yet I can open up http://localhost/apples.html in Firefox and it displays the html file properly even though IE won't. Is the xml declaration causing the html file to be displayed improperly in IE? And why does this problem only occur when I am trying to access it from Apache (i.e. in http://localhost/apples.html) and not from Windows Explorer? Is there a work around for this issue other than taking the xml declation out? Any insight that someone could give would be appreciated.