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Re: Browser sniffing to CG

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Wed, 09 Dec 1998 14:32:45 -0600
Message-Id: <199812092032.OAA25970@staff2.cso.uiuc.edu>
To: dd@w3.org, Al Gilman <asgilman@access.digex.net>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org, w3c-wai-cg@w3.org
Sounds good to me?  How about other people.

At 09:19 PM 12/9/98 +0100, Daniel Dardailler wrote:
>I think we should ask for a informational note to be added in the HTTP
>spec saying it's bad to do browser sniffing in general and really bad
>to be discriminatory about it.
>Exact wording to be proposed by PF.
>I am personally not in favor adding profile like things to HTTP to
>allow for "clean" browser sniffing (e.g. my screen is this res, I
>don't have a mouse, etc) 
>It think HTTP has enough content negociation and the architecture
>already in place is flexible enough (where you first get the HTML/XML,
>then the attached pieces - if you need them) to do the job right
>(which should not preclude us to improve css categorization by media,
>but this is not HTTP related)
>> to follow up on what Daniel Dardailler said:
>> > Danield: related to Browser sniffing, it is a server issue but we
>> >     could ask the HTTP WG to add a note about it
>> > Charles: do we want to add negocation of UA capabilities
>> >     there are other ways to do that (CSS + media)
>> Did we agree to take this issue back to the CG?  It seems to me
>> that this area is one where
>> 	- the WAI would probably like to make a statement
>> 	- it seems to fall in a crack between the scopes of
>> 		the content and browser guidelines.
>> The WAI would like to make a statement concerning
>> nondiscrimination in the service of information.  We can work
>> with W3C and WSG on this, because I think Tim is quite unhappy
>> with the commercial forays into defeating the universal meeting
>> ground qualities of the WWW.  Maybe it goes in the author guidelines
>> as a not under alternative pages.
>> Al
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