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Re: Proposal to expand definition of User Agents

From: Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Wed, 07 Jun 2000 19:18:08 -0400
Message-ID: <393ED830.DD64FB66@w3.org>
To: Dick Brown <dickb@microsoft.com>
CC: "'w3c-wai-ua@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ua@w3.org>
Dick Brown wrote:
> 
> The User Agent guidelines currently define user agent in this way:
> 
> "A user agent is an application that retrieves and renders Web content,
> including text, graphics, sounds, video, images, and other content types."
> 
> I propose we expand that definition to say (new text between asterisks):
> 
> "A user agent is an application *or operating system component* that
> retrieves and renders Web content, including text, graphics, sounds, video,
> images, and other content types."
> 
> Why the change? There are technologies that Microsoft does not consider
> applications, but rather part of the operating system, that wouldn't be
> covered by the User Agent guidelines under the current definition.
> 
> Obviously, the OS vs. application issue has received some attention outside
> the scope of the WAI, and while I am not prepared to discuss that issue in
> detail, I hope we can agree on the broader definition.

What if we change "application or operating system component" to
"software"?

 - Ian

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