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Re: Lynx and log files

From: Gregory J. Rosmaita <unagi69@concentric.net>
Date: Fri, 23 Jul 1999 22:46:48 -0400
Message-Id: <4.1.19990723220759.009bac60@pop3.concentric.net>
To: "Robert Neff" <robneff@home.com>
Cc: WAI Interest Group Emailing List <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>, subir@crl.com
Rob Neff asked:
>Does lynx show up as lynx in the log files?  Can i do a browser detect for

aloha, rob!

the user agent declaration is:

	Lynx/#.#.# libwww--XX/#.#

where #.#.# (or #.#) is the release number, and the XX/#.# is the libwww
release number... for most versions of lynx that you are likely to come
across (or, at least i hope so, for lynx users' sakes) is "FM/#.#FM"
(without the quotes, naturally)

you can find out more than you ever wanted to know about lynx by going to
the Lynx Home Page:
or, since they'll point you there anyway, go straight to Subir Grewal's
"Extremely Lynx" pages, located at:

you should be aware, however, that a significant minority of Lynx users
"camouflage"  their UA declaration by changing the User-Agent header value
from that outlined above (i.e. Lynx/2.8.2rel.1 libwww-FM2.14 FM, to a
Mozilla header, so as to penetrate sites that would otherwise shut them
out, by mis-using browser sniffing to point them to a page that advises
them to quote join the twentieth century before it ends unquote and
download a quote modern frames-capable browser unquote (actual verbiage
from a site that shunted me to a page insulting entitled "No Go MoFo")

although this particular mis-use of browser sniffing is one of the most
pernicious (not to mention common) bars to equal access to information
(call it "browser segregation" if you like), User-Agent spoofing is a
practice which is definitely not encouraged by the Lynx Developmental
Consortium--the online documentation states, and i quote:

NOTE that Netscape Communications Corp. has claimed that false
transmissions of "Mozilla" as the User-Agent are a copyright infringement,
which will be prosecuted. _DO NOT_ misrepresent Lynx as Mozilla.  The
Options Menu issues a warning about possible copyright infringement
whenever the header is changed to one which does not include "Lynx or lynx.
-- end quote


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     -- Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard's Almanack, 1763
Gregory J. Rosmaita <oedipus@hicom.net>
   President, WebMaster, & Minister of Propaganda, 
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