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Re: Issue 166: clarify term "User Agent" and resolve inconsistencies with W3C specs

From: Daniel Stenberg <daniel@haxx.se>
Date: Tue, 2 Jun 2009 09:16:38 +0200 (CEST)
To: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
cc: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Message-ID: <alpine.DEB.2.00.0906020914450.3633@yvahk2.pbagnpgbe.fr>
On Tue, 2 Jun 2009, Mark Nottingham wrote:

> To me, the biggest difference is that a UA is the end node; i.e., it is the 
> 'origin client' to compliment the 'origin server.' A proxy is a client, not 
> a user-agent.

Ah yes. That's a very good point, but isn't it a bit too subtle to name an 
end-point "UA" while an end-point or proxy is called "client" ?

I mean, if the distinction in the docs need to separate an end-point from a 
proxy, won't for example those (more explicit) terms be better to use then?

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  / daniel.haxx.se
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