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Article ID: 190255

Article Last Modified on 4/18/2003


  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition

This article was previously published under Q190255


  1. The browser incorrectly displays your HTML page.
  2. Unexpected behavior occurs when you work on your page in the designer window of your DHTML application.


DHTML Page Designer is not inserting an <HTML> tag at the beginning of the HTML file it creates.


To work around this problem, use one of the following three options:

Option 1

Store your DHTML Page Designer page as an external HTML file. Edit the HTML file manually using an external editor and insert the <HTML> tag.

Option 2

Import an existing HTML file when creating a new DHTML Page Designer page.

Option 3

Change the default DHTML Page Designer template so all HTML files have the <HTML> tag. The template project is "DHTML application.vbp". This project is stored under the Visual Studio folder in the VB98\Template\Projects subfolder.

NOTE: Save copies of all the files for the "DHTML application.vbp" (this is the default DHTML Page Designer template) in a backup location in case something goes wrong. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the "DHTML application.vbp" project in Visual Basic.
  2. Open the DHTMLPage1 Properties dialog box.
  3. Select "Save the HTML as an External file".
  4. Select "Create new HTML file".
  5. Launch the external editor to edit this HTML page.
  6. Delete the two lines with <HTML> and <HEAD> tags (there seems to be a corrupted character on one of them).
  7. Retype the <HTML> and <HEAD> tags.
  8. Open the DHTMLPage1 Properties dialog box.
  9. Select "Save HTML as part of the VB project".
  10. Select the File menu item and save both the DHTMLPage1.dsr file and DHTMLPage1.vbp file


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. We are researching this bug and will post new information here in the Microsoft Knowledge Base as it becomes available.


To take advantage of more editing features, you may want to use an external editor. To use an external editor on your page, you must store it as an external HTML file. Or, use the Launch Editor icon in the DHTML Page Designer toolbox, as described in the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

190252 HOWTO: Change the External HTML Editor


Please see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article for more information on the DHTML Page Designer:

190249 INFO: VB 6.0 Readme Part 9: DHTML Page Designer Issues

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