Something very weird is happening to my website (www.tranglos.com, on server annie). This is what the site looks like in IE 5.5: http://www.tranglos.com/garbageie.gif and in Netscape 4.7: http://www.tranglos.com/garbagens.gif
The garbage characters are displayed because the browser receives the file (index.html and any other html files) gzip-compressed. Opera and Mozilla can apparently handle it (display is fine), but IE and Netscape don’t. The problem only affects HTML files, not images.
Now for the weirdest thing: when I use a download manager (I’ve tried several) to get any html file off my website, the downloaded file is gzipped, though the extension is still .html. So this is not a browser problem, nor is it caused by anything on my local machine. (The files on my home system are, of course, not gzipped!) When transferred by FTP, the files do not arrive gzipped.
The gzipping is clearly performed by the Apache web server, but MSIE simply cannot handle it, which renders the pages unviewable. I need to disable it, but I can’t see how. Here’s a snippet of the request-response from Dreamhost’s web server:
GET /free/index.html HTTP/1.1
HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2003 21:21:30 GMT
Server: Apache/1.3.27 (Unix) mod_gzip/22.214.171.124a mod_ssl/2.8.10 OpenSSL/0.9.6c PHP/4.2.3 DAV/1.0.3
Last-Modified: Mon, 10 Mar 2003 00:06:36 GMT
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