cgi data coruption by Internet Explorer 5.0

Micheas micheas at
Mon May 14 00:10:37 CEST 2001

Thank you for your help.  I copied the meta tag that google uses and 
that seems to work.

In article <9dmeba010f7 at>, "Alex Martelli"
<aleaxit at> wrote:

> "Micheas" <micheas at> wrote in message
> news:20010513.085031.1953443376.882 at
>> What I am doing:
>> I am writing a cgi script in python that connects to a sybase database.
>> The problem:
>>  IE at seemingly random times return 5 character values that begin
>> with a '+' and end with '-' and three letters in the middle for commas,
>> ampersands, dollar signs, etc. This only happens about 5% of the time
> What HTTP headers is your cgi script returning, exactly?  It looks like
> the set of HTTP headers and attributes is incomplete and IE5 is
> "guessing" at the encoding -- maybe if you specify more fully you'll be
> able to avoid such "guesses" and get predictable behavior.
> Alex

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