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Re: TPE Document, S2.3 P1

From: Roy T. Fielding <fielding@gbiv.com>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 11:17:21 -0700
Cc: public-tracking@w3.org
Message-Id: <D3C33B01-DEBE-41CD-A498-D0B257B104C6@gbiv.com>
To: Tom Lowenthal <tom@mozilla.com>
On Oct 31, 2011, at 9:43 AM, Tom Lowenthal wrote:

> Pursuant to my F2F comment. The current first paragraph of section 2.3
> reads:
> 
>> HTTP [HTTP11] uses the term user agent to refer to any of the various
>> client programs capable of initiating HTTP requests, including
>> browsers, spiders (web-based robots), command-line tools, native
>> applications, and mobile apps. Although the protocol defined by this
>> specification is applicable to all forms of user agent, the
>> compliance requirements are specifically concerned with the privacy
>> expectations of a human user and the tracking of their browsing
>> history over time. Hence, user agents that do not have some form of
>> "browsing" nature or do not communicate with more than one site are
>> not expected to comply with this protocol.
> 
> This leaves the status of mobile apps somewhat unclear. I propose the
> following text instead:
> 
> 
>> HTTP [HTTP11] uses the term user agent to refer to any of the various
>> client programs capable of initiating HTTP requests, including
>> browsers, spiders (web-based robots), command-line tools, native
>> applications, and mobile apps. Although the protocol defined by this
>> specification is potentially applicable to all forms of user agent,
>> the compliance requirements are specifically concerned with the
>> privacy expectations of a human user and the tracking of their
>> browsing history over time.
>> 
>> There exist user agents which do not have a "browsing" nature, such
>> as mobile apps which communicate with one service exclusively. These
>> non-browsing user-agents are not the target for this standard, though
>> there is no reason why they could not implement it.

+1 (works for me)

....Roy
Received on Monday, 31 October 2011 18:17:46 UTC

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