04 July 2005

Software: Mark of the Web

Since "upgrading" to Windows XP Service Pack 2, IE6 annoys me with an information bar warning me about active content whenever I load a local HTML file with Javascript code. The information bar does not appear when I load the same file from a network drive or from a Web server. It turns out that this is a new feature to protect me from myself. The workaround is to insert a Mark of the Web, which is just a comment string that IE6 adds to every web page saved locally. For every day work, <!-- saved from url=(0014)about:internet --> inserted at the start of the file is enough. The number in the parentheses is just the number of characters after the closing parenthesis.