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Re: Definition of mainstream browser

From: Mike Paciello <paciello@ma.ultranet.com>
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 10:55:31 -0500
Message-Id: <199901151554.KAA22321@antiochus-fe0.ultra.net>
To: dd@w3.org, Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
I'm puzzled by this definition -- are you sure that you want to say "PC
Platform"? How do you deal with WebTV? That's one example of a popular user
agent that is not PC based, right? 

- Mike

At 04:38 PM 1/15/99 +0100, Daniel Dardailler wrote:
>> Please define "mainstream" browser for me, so I can put the definition on
>> the issues list.
>A generic definition would be a Web UA targeted for use on a standard
>desktop platform with: graphical screen, keyboard, mouse, audio (I'm
>sure the PC industry has a definition of a standard desktop somewhere,
>we don't need to redefine that), primarily by non disabled users.
>A specific definition is: one of 
>  - Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer
>  - any other that compete with these two (Opera, IBM WebExplorer, etc)
>A corrolary of these definitions is that a mainstream browser, as
>Chuck Opperman said on the list,"is often times forced on students and
>employees." who would otherwise use more specialized user agents best
>suited to their needs.

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