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RE: "forced choice" user agent implementation of DNT

From: SULLIVAN, BRYAN L <bs3131@att.com>
Date: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 23:31:12 +0000
To: Dan Auerbach <dan@eff.org>, "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <59A39E87EA9F964A836299497B686C351005828B@WABOTH9MSGUSR8D.ITServices.sbc.com>

| I am not suggesting a mandate for all user agents. I am merely hypothesizing a particular user agent with this implementation, and as an example used a
| browser. What I'd like to know is if there would be any objections to such an instance of this implementation, chosen by whoever controls the user agent. I'm
| particularly interested in how folks from the advertising industry feel about it.

I submit that your hypothesis is invalid, until the group decides that "user agent" applies only to Web browsers produced by the major browser vendors (IE, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Opera ... ignoring for now the dozens of other browsers in app markets and myriad mobile browser versions developed by OEMs). The hypothetical usefulness of "an instance" of such an implementation, even if determined to be workable from a UX perspective, would mean nothing when that same expectation is extended to every HTTP-enabled application, or beyond major browser implementations at least.

Bryan Sullivan
Received on Monday, 15 October 2012 23:32:12 UTC

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