Re: ACTION-390: alternative UA affordances for DNT choice

On Apr 17, 2013, at 22:01 , Alan Chapell <> wrote:

> Thanks Ed. As I look through this list, you've clearly demonstrated that there are user agents that would be unable to disclose DNT functionality as specified through the proposed UA guidelines.
> That said, I'm not sure we're asking the right question here. Its not "are there UA's that couldn't meet the guidelines?" -- The better question is:  "are consumers better served by a standard that takes steps to ensure that Users are making an informed choice?"

No, I think you've made a conclusion jump.  If the guidelines require that the UA itself display the information we require, then we lock out some scenarios.  If instead, we require that all DNT signals result from the user's informed choice, we insist on a functional effect rather than a specific implementation and leave room for innovation without damaging our goals.

David Singer
Multimedia and Software Standards, Apple Inc.

Received on Thursday, 18 April 2013 10:32:44 UTC