Am I going mad, or does IE8 have a really crazy bug. If the end title tag is missing it displays a blank page, does this happen for everyone else? If not what else could be causing this error?

Here is the HTML, I even removed the link to the .css file. Its nothing special.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html>
<head>
    <title>A Simple Blog example by Graham Brown <!-- mising end title tag -->
</head>
<body>
<div class="container">

<div class="header">
A Simple Blog by Graham Brown
</div>

<div id="nav">
    <a href="home.html">Home</a>
    <a href="home.html">Blog</a>
    <a href="home.html">Archive</a>
    <a href="home.html">About</a>
</div>

<div class="side">
side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar
side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar 
side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar side bar
side bar side bar side bar side bar 
</div>

<div class="box">
<div class="title">
<h1><a href="home.html">A HEADER title in funny FONT. 
Wrap around please. I want to see what you look like</a> </h1>
</div>
<p>
Text inside the Box box.Text inside the Box box.Text inside the Box box.
Text inside the Box box.Text inside the Box box.Text inside the Box box.
<a href="home.html"> Testing what a link will look like </a>
</p>
</div>

</div>
</body>
</html>

2 answers

danwellman 5600
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No, you're not mad, IE (tested in 8 and 7) seems to display an empty page if the closing title tag is missing. It may be a bug, it may just be the way M$ decided to handle situations where pages do not have a closing title tag. This is a known 'issue'...

So always remember to close title tags...

Answered about 6 years ago by danwellman
  • holy pie. thats crazy. why don't M$ just go and buy a popular browser, IE is too illogical! Graham Brown about 6 years ago
  • I know! We have perfectly good rendering engines out there (Gecko, Webkit) that are open-source! Why can't they just wrap their functionality around that? People should be choosing browsers because of their features, not how well they support they standards.</rant> danwellman about 6 years ago
  • IE has its fair share of problems, but it's not really fair to call them out on this "bug". Having badly formed html(not closing the title tag) isn't really their problem to deal with. rossisdead about 6 years ago
  • it might be badly formed but not displaying the entire page is a little drastic. such behaviour in other development enviroments should be reported. besides it would not be impossible for IE to be smart enough to close that tag itself. Graham Brown about 6 years ago
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I wonder, why would you like to omit the closing title tag?

Answered about 6 years ago by Saskia Frankena