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remove/deprecate User-Agent header?

From: Paul Wise <pabs3@bonedaddy.net>
Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2010 11:31:38 +0000
To: ietf-http-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <1282217457.8568.63.camel@chianamo>
Hi all,

I found out about httpbis and the first thing I thought of was my hatred
of the User-Agent header. Would it be possible to make it illegal in
HTTP/1.2 so that there are less stupid websites? To see just how much
FAIL User-Agent has created, check out some of these strings:

http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/browser_ids.htm#chrome
http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/browser_ids.htm#epiphany
http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/browser_ids.htm#gnuzilla
http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/browser_ids.htm#galeon
http://www.zytrax.com/tech/web/browser_ids.htm#mozilla

Examples of stupid websites:

https://bugzilla.gnome.org/show_bug.cgi?id=592665
http://blog.kov.eti.br/?p=119
http://glandium.org/blog/?p=145
http://home.kairo.at/blog/2007-06/the_fight_for_the_suckiest_ua_string
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=385999
https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=384721
http://svn.gnome.org/viewvc/epiphany/branches/gnome-2-18/data/weasel-ua-pref.js.in?view=markup&pathrev=7101

-- 
bye,
pabs

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