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IE7 and View Source

I’ve been watching news about IE7 quite closely, with a lot more interest than I’d had in prior upgrades. Trying to figure out what Microsoft will do to make up for lost time, something they’ve been able to do reasonably often. Intrigued by the Ozzie factor. Who wouldn’t be?
It was in that frame of mind that I came across Chris Messina’s recent post on the subject; thanks, Chris!. And as I read through it, I noticed Chris’s comment on View Source and followed the link to the Release Notes.

I wasn’t too bothered to find out that Windows SharePoint Server cannot import Excel spreadsheets while IE7 is running; my attitude to Excel is probably such that I consider the inability to import spreadsheets a selling feature.

But no more View Source? Why? This doesn’t feel right to me. Definitely not a feature.
I think it was Paul Graham who first wrote about the value of View Source, how it allowed the curious to enjoy that “So that’s how they did it” moment. How it helped innovation. And now we have this.

Can’t help but feel that there are more “unintended” consequences to come.

Oh well.

Update:I was wrong. As the comments show, it would appear that View Source itself is not disabled, just the back-door approach to using it. That’s what happens when you critique words rather than real functions. Mea culpa.

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  1. sharon says

    Actually it looks like the view source protocol was disabled in XPSP2. See:

    you can still right click to see the source

  2. Chris Messina says

    To be clear — I’m not sure that they did away with View Source entirely… only the view-source: pseudo-protocol.

    That means that links that use view-source: instead of http:// will no longer work. More of a security thing than killing the world’s best “look under the hook” feature.

  3. djakeel says

    I am not sure what MS meant by that but this is not correct. I have IE7 on Vista RC2 and have no problems with view source. It shows up in crappy notepad but its there…

  4. Chris Messina says

    Try this in IE7:


    Does it load NotePad?

Continuing the Discussion

  1. iface thoughts » Blog Archive » IE7, That It Is linked to this post on October 20, 2006

    […] However, IE7, that it is, has add-ons, including one for Bloglines. But IE7, that it is, will struggle to have a addons repository as rich as Firefox addons. Most will not like that view source protocol does not work anymore. IE7, that it is, will keep developers and designers wondering if CSS related bugs have been fixed. […]

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