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Re: lynx-dev Q: lynx shopping?

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Q: lynx shopping?
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2002 07:15:20 +0000 (GMT)

> Most other browsers like MSIE or Konqueror have moved this way to work
> better with some servers.

Whilst IE clearly abused User-Agent in this way in the past, the current
result is an unwritten change to the specification in which the comment
is no longer a comment and is a key part of the User Agent.  Sites that
do User Agent sniffing explicitly detect IE from the comment field rather
than simply saying it's Mozilla, so it must be Netscape 2 compatible.

Simply faking the Mozilla part does not make the User Agent match current
big 2 browsers as far as browser sniffing is concerned.  If you forge,
you have to forge the particular patterns that the site is looking for.

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