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

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Tue, 6 Dec 2011 09:35:45 +1100
Cc: Daniel Stenberg <daniel@haxx.se>, "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Message-Id: <F02C886A-9E4D-4C0D-B363-E77A5D32AE09@mnot.net>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
+1

On 06/12/2011, at 8:26 AM, Julian Reschke wrote:

> On 2009-06-03 09:48, Mark Nottingham wrote:
>> I'd agree the chosen terminology isn't great. Not sure that changing it
>> wouldn't cause more proplems than it solves.
>> ...
> 
> We had a off-list conversation with Larry, and he suggested text leaving the definition as-is, but adding a note make it clearer that in
> HTTP, "user agent" can also mean "autonomous client".
> 
> Proposed text: <http://trac.tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/trac/attachment/ticket/166/166.diff>.
> 
> The new paragraph would be:
> 
> "Note: The term 'user agent' covers both those situations where there is a user (human) interacting with the software agent (and for which user interface or interactive suggestions might be made, e.g., warning the user or given the user an option in the case of security or privacy options) and also those where the software agent may act autonomously."
> 
> Feedback appreciated, Julian

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