microsoft XML DOMDocument and javascript error

I’m encountering a weird error where an embedded copy of IE is failing to load XML properly. Here’s the best approximation I have of what we’re doing:

function newDom()
    var dom = ActiveXObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument.4.0")
    dom.async = false;
    dom.validateOnParse = false;
    dom.resolveExternals = false;
    dom.setProperty("SelectionLanguage", "XPath");
    return dom;
function loadXML(url)
    var dom = newDom();
    var ret = dom.load(url);
    if (ret == false)
        pe = dom.parseError;
        // reason has a CRLF at the end
        alert("Error 0x" + formatHex(pe.errorCode) + ": " + pe.reason + url);
    return dom;
function transform(xmlurl, xslurl)
    return loadXML(xmlurl).transformNode(loadXML(xslurl));
function writeHTML(obj, str)
var html = transform(".../foo.xml", ".../foo.xsl");
write(document.fooDiv, html);

This code runs inside an application that has embedded IE. The doc itself is being loaded from a local webserver running on the same machine. The problem comes in on dom.load(url)… For some reason, usually on .xsl files, that line blocks for 5 minutes, and the error code is 0x800C000B. Google says that’s urlmon.dll’s “operation timed out” error… which makes sense, to a point. But the request never hits the local webserver (which for various reasons is actually running as a proxy, but enough about that).

Any ideas, suggestions, hmm?

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2 Responses to microsoft XML DOMDocument and javascript error

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  2. dbt says:

    And what’s the solution? If you don’t return the XML gzipped, the problem goes away. Classic.

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