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RE: "forced choice" user agent implementation of DNT

From: SULLIVAN, BRYAN L <bs3131@att.com>
Date: Tue, 16 Oct 2012 01:19:38 +0000
To: Dan Auerbach <dan@eff.org>, "public-tracking@w3.org" <public-tracking@w3.org>
Message-ID: <59A39E87EA9F964A836299497B686C3510058448@WABOTH9MSGUSR8D.ITServices.sbc.com>
| I'm not sure I understand, and there may still be some confusion. Is your point that in order to provide a hypothetical example about a single user agent, I
| have the duty to discuss implementation for all user agents? To be clear, I am NOT proposing this as a mandate in any way, and so am only interested in a
| single example. I fully agree that there are lots of non-browser user agents, which I'm choosing not to discuss. Or are you making another point that I am
| missing?
| To try again: suppose Mozilla tomorrow announces the implementation I've outlined for (desktop) Firefox. Would you object, yes or no? It sounds based on
| the discussion over user choice that noone would object. But I wanted to bring it up and make explicit this commitment to user choice, so that there are no
| surprises down the road.

OK, not to belabor the point but to bring this to conclusion hopefully:
As an optional implementation choice in one Web browser, I would reserve judgment until I saw the implementation. There are many reasons this might not work from a UX perspective. I would have concerns though if the implication was that this was a good approach in theory, which would be mandated for all browsers or HTTP-enabled applications.

Bryan Sullivan
Received on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 01:20:28 UTC

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