Disclaimer: I use Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome over Internet Explorer
Originally Posted by dmex
I don't think you understand exactly what that message means, and by no means protects the system. Tests 14 and 15 are designed to see if the browser properly handles mime types sent by the server: Internet Explorer has never been one to follow mime types from servers.
Don't believe me? Here's a simple test (note: if your webserver doesn't give the "text/plain" mime type for .txt files this won't actually work):
Note: I know example.html isn't actually valid HTML; it doesn't matter for the scope of this example and will work with valid HTML.
Just to save some time I'll screenshot Google Chrome (a new browser!) rendering this and Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 rendering this:
Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2:
Internet Explorer has been doing this for years while just about every other modern browser on the face of the planet hasn't, or has changed to handle mime types properly.
Cliffnotes Version: Internet Explorer puts users in harms way for ignoring mime types when it should be properly obeying them like other, more modern browsers (Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox to name two).
[Also, I think this is my first post here -- Hi]