FIX: Internet Explorer 6 exits unexpectedly when you run a program that uses a Web browser control to iterate through the IHTMLStyleSheetsCollection interface

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Consider the following scenario. You create an HTML page. The HTML page code references a CSS style sheet. The first CSS style sheet uses an @import rule to reference a second CSS style sheet. The second CSS style sheet uses an @import rule to reference a third CSS style sheet. You run a program that uses a Web browser control to iterate through the IHTMLStyleSheetsCollection interface for the HTML page.

In this scenario, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 closes unexpectedly. Additionally, you may receive an error message that resembles the following on a Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2)-based computer:
Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close.
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.

If the hotfix is available for download, there is a "Hotfix download available" section at the top of this Knowledge Base article. If this section does not appear, contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support to obtain the hotfix.

Note If additional issues occur or if any troubleshooting is required, you might have to create a separate service request. The usual support costs will apply to additional support questions and issues that do not qualify for this specific hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Service and Support telephone numbers or to create a separate service request, visit the following Microsoft Web site: Note The "Hotfix download available" form displays the languages for which the hotfix is available. If you do not see your language, it is because a hotfix is not available for that language.

The English version of this hotfix has the file attributes (or later file attributes) that are listed in the following table. The dates and times for these files are listed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). When you view the file information, it is converted to local time. To find the difference between UTC and local time, use the Time Zone tab in the Date and Time item in Control Panel.
File nameFile versionFile sizeDateTime
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.
For more information about the @import rule, visit the following Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) Web site:
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Article ID: 917772 - Last Review: 01/15/2015 15:04:56 - Revision: 2.0

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