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Re: [Lynx-dev] lynx2.8.7pre.4

From: Thomas Dickey
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] lynx2.8.7pre.4
Date: Tue, 26 May 2009 17:24:00 -0400 (EDT)

On Tue, 26 May 2009, David Woolley wrote:

Thorsten Glaser wrote:

If this means what I think it does, I'm strongly against this option's
new default. Lynx should send a user agent by default, for example so

Agreed. Amongst other things, unless it does, Lynx will score a flat zero in browser user statistics, reinforcing the argument that it can be totally ignored.

Actually, it seems that the only people who are making that sort of
remark will continue to do so, irregardless.

that people see it's actually used or can optimise for it. The ability
to turn it off is good only in corner cases, like pages that misunder-
stand the "optimise" bit above.

Sending no User-Agent header is sufficiently unusual, that I think there is a real risk that servers will start discriminating against such browsers.

On the other hand, you might make a constructive remark,
suggesting how to deal with the existing discrimination.

Thomas E. Dickey

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