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HTML pages are blank when run in IE7 from address line

Posted on 2007-11-13
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I have run across some  very wierd HTML behavior.  I am running IE7 on Vista Ultimate, upgraded from Vista Home Premium.  When I put in the localhost address for an html page, I get no error message ... the progress bar at the bottom acts as if a page is loading ... but I get a blank page.  If I look at the source code for the page, it is a blank document ... with this code

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<HTML><HEAD>
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252"></HEAD>
<BODY></BODY></HTML>

If I navigate to the folder in Windows Explorer where the html file is located and double click it, IE opens it and renders it perfectly, as C:\inetpub\wwwroot\test.html.  If I put the address in IE directly ... http://localhost/test.html I get the blank described above.  I can make asp and php pages run with that local host referenct ... or with http://192/168.0.102/test.html.  I know the address is not the problem.  Can anyone shed any light?
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Question by:FrankMcLeod
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by:meverest
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Hi,

can you paste the entire content of test.html here?
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by:FrankMcLeod
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Thanks. I can, but I do not believe it is a content issue.  No HTML is working.

<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN">
<html>
<head>
<META http-equiv=Content-Type content="text/html; charset=windows-1252">
</head>
this is html text!
</html>

I put in the doc type and the content-type after based on the blank page content I was seeing in the source.  I have also tried it with plain html  as ...

<html>
<body>
this is html text!
</body>
</text>

Pretty plain, huh?  When I put the address in IE7 (or Firefox) the tab header and the address bar shows me the address and the name of the file, but the page is blank.
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by:FrankMcLeod
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Thanks for trying!  I think I have found it ... will not know til I get back to my office and try it ... but http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/930901/en-us 
addresses the exact issue ...
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