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Re: user agent label format

From: Dan Connolly <connolly@w3.org>
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 1999 14:18:36 -0500
Message-ID: <37DD4E0C.FD7B738F@w3.org>
To: Dmitry Beransky <dberansky@ucsd.edu>
CC: www-talk@w3.org
Dmitry Beransky wrote:
> 
> It seems that despite the fact that most agents (at least the ones I pulled
> off my server logs) follow the format specified in the HTTP spec, it's
> still impossible to determine with 100% accuracy the agent's make, model,
> os platform, etc., since most of this info is stored in an unstructured
> comment field.  Is there any work done on trying to further standardize the
> agent data?

Not that I'm aware of.

I wish URIs had been used to identify user agents, but that's
water under the bridge, and a lot of it, by now.

Oh! Hm... I think there's some content negotiation work on standardized
ways to transmit screen resolution and stuff... I seem to
recall some proposal for doing this in the User-Agent: header,
but I think that's fallen out of favor.

See:

http://gewis.win.tue.nl/~koen/conneg/
(which I found by browsing
http://www.w3.org/Protocols/ )

-- 
Dan Connolly, W3C
http://www.w3.org/People/Connolly/
Received on Monday, 13 September 1999 15:17:46 GMT

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