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Re: Browser Developers (A Plea From BrowserWatch)

From: M. Hedlund <march@europa.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Mar 1995 11:13:42 -0800 (PST)
To: wmperry@spry.com
Cc: Dave Garaffa <d-garaffa@ski.mskcc.org>, http-wg%cuckoo.hpl.hp.com@hplb.hpl.hp.com
Message-Id: <Pine.SUN.3.91.950324110558.2595B-100000@thetics.europa.com>

On Fri, 24 Mar 1995 wmperry@spry.com wrote:
>   Shouldn't the User-Agent field follow 'normal' specs for headers and do
> something like:
> 
> User-Agent: agent=NCSA Mosaic/2.0.0b1 ; platform=Macintosh/680x0
>             library=WWWLib/3.0.x ; other=Whatever
> 
>   This would make it a little easier for people like Dave to parse the
> string, without having to worry about order of the arguments, etc.  Plus
> this would allow whitespace (but not ;) in the specifier.

Yes, I like Bill's proposal and I've suggested platform in the user-agent 
field before.  This would, however, completely break current systems 
(which tend to look for the text before the first / as user-agent name, 
and can survive miscreant whitespace) that currently work with HTTP/1.0 
requests.  Can we defer this to 1.1?

M. Hedlund <march@europa.com>
Received on Friday, 24 March 1995 11:19:12 EST

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