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Characters at top of page bug - Breaking too!

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Community Member, 712 Posts

19 August 2008 at 8:07am

Hi guys, have had a look around about this problem, found this forum thread and this ticked.

I'm seeing four characters output before all other html under certain browsers.

Importantly, I'm also seeing this at through IE7.

It's a wierd bug - but if I go to with IE7, the html looks like this:

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.1//EN" "">
<html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" >
      <base href="" />

But through FF3 I don't see the "5958".

The issue is breaking my website at - it seem to be fine from home on Ubuntu with FF3, but from a winXP machine it's broken in both IE7 and FF3 (although at least IE7 will display it - FF3 just throws an XML parsing error). I'm using basically the latest daily build.

This is very urgent - it's breaking your own site after all. If I go to the community page it can't load the CSS either (screenshot attached) -- I assume that characters break the base ref tag, so it can't find the css any more - at least at there is some styling.

The ticket has been open since June too and it hasn't been fixed in the trunk.



Community Member, 712 Posts

19 August 2008 at 11:19am

Edited: 19/08/2008 11:26am

Note that I've tried the silverstripe site on a number of different machines, same issue. I'm sure it's not just me seeing this :)

Also seeing it on Scottius' new site:

I'll try to attach a screen shot.

It occurred to me that I've only seen this when viewing SS sites through a firewall. Don't know how that could make a difference though.


Community Member, 712 Posts

19 August 2008 at 11:26am

Edited: 19/08/2008 11:28am

Screen shot from GeoBase
--edit: ok, that didn't work, but there is definitely an issue.


Community Member, 791 Posts

20 August 2008 at 10:35pm

hmmm.. It doesn't display that behaviour over here....

Pretty interesting to hear what you find out though.. ;-)