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Re: Proposal to expand definition of User Agents

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@uiuc.edu>
Date: Thu, 08 Jun 2000 15:13:54 -0500
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To: Dick Brown <dickb@microsoft.com>
Cc: w3c-wai-ua@w3.org
Thanks for your comment.
I think this is a good idea.

What do other people think?

At 04:01 PM 6/7/00 -0700, you wrote:

>The User Agent guidelines currently define user agent in this way:
>"A user agent is an application that retrieves and renders Web content,
>including text, graphics, sounds, video, images, and other content types."
>I propose we expand that definition to say (new text between asterisks):
>"A user agent is an application *or operating system component* that
>retrieves and renders Web content, including text, graphics, sounds, video,
>images, and other content types."
>Why the change? There are technologies that Microsoft does not consider
>applications, but rather part of the operating system, that wouldn't be
>covered by the User Agent guidelines under the current definition.
>Obviously, the OS vs. application issue has received some attention outside
>the scope of the WAI, and while I am not prepared to discuss that issue in
>detail, I hope we can agree on the broader definition.
>Dick Brown
>Program Manager, Web Accessibility
>Microsoft Corp.

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