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

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Wed, 3 Jun 2009 17:48:58 +1000
Cc: "Roy T. Fielding" <fielding@gbiv.com>, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>, HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>, Larry Masinter <masinter@adobe.com>
Message-Id: <D6832158-E4D3-4336-9D73-E5B5CAA0ECA1@mnot.net>
To: Daniel Stenberg <daniel@haxx.se>
I'd agree the chosen terminology isn't great. Not sure that changing  
it wouldn't cause more proplems than it solves.

On 02/06/2009, at 5:16 PM, Daniel Stenberg wrote:

> On Tue, 2 Jun 2009, Mark Nottingham wrote:
>> To me, the biggest difference is that a UA is the end node; i.e.,  
>> it is the 'origin client' to compliment the 'origin server.' A  
>> proxy is a client, not a user-agent.
> Ah yes. That's a very good point, but isn't it a bit too subtle to  
> name an end-point "UA" while an end-point or proxy is called  
> "client" ?
> I mean, if the distinction in the docs need to separate an end-point  
> from a proxy, won't for example those (more explicit) terms be  
> better to use then?
> -- 
> / daniel.haxx.se

Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
Received on Wednesday, 3 June 2009 07:49:37 UTC

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