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Re: [css-d] CSS code displays on screen in Netscape 4.x

Sent by Jeffrey Zeldman on 29 January 2002 09:09

John Allsopp [EMAIL-REMOVED]> wrote:

>It is a distant memory, but there was a similar problem a long im ago,
>related to the mime type of the CSS file as served by the server. Check
>that the server is serving the style sheet as text/css. Anyone else
>remeber this?

In my experience, a surprising number of sysadmins fail to set the 
CSS mime type. The result is that valid sites fail in Mozilla and 
other browsers that properly require the appropriate mime type. IE5 
doesn't seem to care, and that perpetuates the problem among 
under-trained sysadmins who view the web through a single browser.

Several organizations I've worked with fill sysadmin positions by 
promoting "the guy who installs Windows." Such sysadmins are 
frequently overworked and overwhelmed, and take their job cues from 
non-technical administrators. Fulfillment of requests that the 
appropriate mime type be set can take a week or longer. Often, the 
same request must be made again for the next site created for that 
same client.

Lack of knowledge is a huge problem in our industry, and despite the 
availability of fine lists such as this one, said resources only help 
those who know they need them.

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