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Re: [Lynx-dev] Simple Version Inquiry

From: Walter Ian Kaye
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] Simple Version Inquiry
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 17:38:33 -0800

At 07:42p +0000 11/29/2004, David Woolley didst inscribe upon an electronic papyrus:

 >      I am currently developing the libraries to detect as many possibly
** UA's as possible.  I am looking for a list of all versions of Lynx
** (if possible) and if you could provide me with that list or point in
** the direction where I could obtain a list it would help me greatly!

Such libraries have been abused in the past and continue to be abused, with
the result that IE pretends to be Netscape and many Lynx users (and other
minority browser users) pretend to be IE.

Yep. Although I am of the opinion that UA sniffing is okay if used for the sole purpose of selecting an appropriate style sheet, and not for blocking access from standard browsers.

As for a robots.txt file, I can understand banning site-sucker software, but of course Lynx is not designed for such use and should not be blindly banned.

Speaking of which, is there a site-sucker UA list out there somewhere?

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