Netscape 6.1 Feedback

Attempting to load http://www.yahoo.com/ produces a page, which when I view source, seems to consist of <html><body></body></html> even though the beginning of the correct source is fetched from the network.

That's it. Some pages work fine. Everything works just fine in the other 5 browsers I have on my machine. It's only NS 6.x that fails to load the pages. This includes trying to load the feedback page.

Further, the Netscape 6 feedback page won't allow feedback from a browser that DOES work, so I had to find this form from the sitemap.

Oh, and the HTML on the pages doesn't even validate. Pretty disappointing when the reason I fetched NS6.1 was because it claimed to be standards compliant. Compared to Mac IE 5.1, it seems like a step quite a way back.

A full transcript of what happened on the network when I tried to load the feedback page is below.

I received Netscape's reply on 10 August 2001.

Send info request (T_INFO_REQ = 107) on stream 1.

Receive info ack (T_INFO_ACK = 129) on stream 1. Max TSDU Size = 0 Max ETSDU Size = -1 Connect Data Size = -2 Disconnect Data Size = -2 TSAP Size = 16 Options Size = 256 TIDU Size = 536 Service Type = 2 Current State = 1 Provider Flags = 0x40000002

Send bind request (T_BIND_REQ = 101) on stream 1. Bind to «Any Address» Connection Indication Number = 0

Receive bind ack (T_BIND_ACK = 122) on stream 1. Bind to port 52182 Connection Indication Number = 0

Send connection request (T_CONN_REQ = 102) on stream 1. Connect to 207.200.89.225:80

Receive ok ack (T_OK_ACK = 130) on stream 1.

Receive connection confirmation (T_CONN_CON = 123) on stream 1. Connect from 207.200.89.225:80

Send info request (T_INFO_REQ = 107) on stream 1.

Receive info ack (T_INFO_ACK = 129) on stream 1. Max TSDU Size = 0 Max ETSDU Size = -1 Connect Data Size = -2 Disconnect Data Size = -2 TSAP Size = 16 Options Size = 256 TIDU Size = 1460 Service Type = 2 Current State = 10 Provider Flags = 0x40000002

Send data (646 bytes) on stream 1. <00000000< GET /browsers/6/feedback/index.html HTTP/1.1 <0000002E< Host: home.netscape.com <00000047< User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC; en-US; rv:0.9.2) <00000084< Gecko/20010726 Netscape6/6.1 <000000A2< Accept: text/xml, application/xml, application/xhtml+xml, <000000DC< text/html;q=0.9, image/png, image/jpeg, image/gif;q=0.2, <00000115< text/plain;q=0.8, text/css, */*;q=0.1 <0000013C< Accept-Language: en, ja;q=0.75, ko;q=0.50, pdf;q=0.25 <00000173< Accept-Encoding: gzip,deflate,compress,identity <000001A4< Accept-Charset: ISO-8859-1, utf-8;q=0.66, *;q=0.66 <000001D8< Keep-Alive: 300 <000001E9< Connection: keep-alive <00000201< Cookie: HITO_VISITS=A4480CD6B+280639*E24E7*1+27EDA9*E24E7*1+27F0 <00000241< 61*E24E7*1+282B8A*E24E8*2; UIDC=208.210.148.236:0995375551:07359 <00000281< 7 <00000284<

Receive data (142 bytes) on stream 1. >00000000> HTTP/1.1 200 OK >00000011> Server: Netscape-Enterprise/4.1 >00000032> Date: Fri, 10 Aug 2001 04:18:15 GMT >00000057> Content-type: text/html >00000070> Transfer-Encoding: chunked >0000008C>

Receive data (1460 bytes) on stream 1. >0000008E> 1ed6 >00000094> <HTML> >0000009B> <HEAD><META HTTP-EQUIV="PICS-Label" CONTENT='(PICS-1.1 >000000D2> "http://www.rsac.org/ratingsv01.html" l comment "RSACi >00000109> North America Server" by "WebMaster@Netscape.com" r (n >00000140> 1 s 0 v 0 l 0))'> >00000152> <TITLE>Netscape 6.1 Feedback Center</TITLE> >0000017E> <meta name="description" content="Netscape 6.1 Feedback >000001B6> center with feedback forms and newsgroups."> >000001E3> <meta name="keywords" content="feedback, netscape 6.1, >0000021A> browse, e-mail, plugin, internet, mozilla, navigator, >00000250> instant messenger, composer, developer, addressbook, netscape, >0000028F> software, communicator, gecko, themes, sidebar, security"> >000002CA> <META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; CHARSET=ISO- >0000030A> 8859-1"> >00000313> <meta name="producer" content="KR"> >00000337> <!-- START: AOL HTML AD TOKEN: DO NOT EDIT OR REMOVE THIS >00000371> COMMENT --> >0000037E> <SCRIPT LANGUAGE="JavaScript1.1" SRC="http://ads.web.aol.com/fil >000003BE> e/adsWrapper.js"></SCRIPT> >000003DA> <!-- END: AOL HTML AD TOKEN: DO NOT EDIT OR REMOVE THIS >00000412> COMMENT --> >0000041E> <Script Language="Javascript"> >0000043D> <!-- >00000442> if ((navigator.userAgent.lastIndexOf('6/6.1') != -1) && >0000047A> (navigator.userAgent.lastIndexOf('6/6.1b') == -1)) { >000004AF> //good browser! >000004C0> } else { >000004C9> location.replace("http://home.netscape.com/browsers/6/feedback/ >00000509> upgrade.html"); >00000519> } >0000051B> >0000051C> //--> >00000522> </Script> >0000052C> </HEAD> >00000534> >00000535> <BODY BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" LINK="#003366"> >0000055D> >0000055E> <CENTER> >00000567> >00000568> <!-- GLOBAL NAV --> >0000057C> <table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="600"> >000005BB> <tr> >000005C0> <td width="129"><a href="http://info.netscape.com/fwd/ggbgubhop >00000600> /http://gub.netscape.com"><img src="/images/gub_01.gif" >00000638> width=121

Send orderly release request (T_ORDREL_REQ = 109) on stream 1.

At which point the connection is closed, the partial page is just thrown away, and Netscape blissfully shows me a blank page. Viewing the source produces the window shown below: ns_feedback_source picture
which seems a little less than useful.

Copyright 2009, Dave Polaschek. Last updated on Mon, 15 Feb 2010 14:07:01.