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Re: LYNX-DEV numbered forms patch update

From: Laura Eaves
Subject: Re: LYNX-DEV numbered forms patch update
Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 21:28:57 -0400 (EDT)

> Date: Wed, 30 Apr 1997 20:59:53 -0500 (CDT)
> From: Klaus Weide <address@hidden>
> > BTW: I noticed fote added a 123p feature.  Is klaus also going to pick that 
> > up?
> Probably, when I get around to it.  That should not prevent you from
> isolating the relevant bits from fotemods, adapting them to the
> devel code, and offereing them back, if you feel like it.  :)

Well, if I were to grab fote's changes and incorporate them, that would add more
work for me with no guarantee it would get into the devel code.
What I'm wondering is why fote isn't making his mods directly to the devel
code (or at least basing his mods on the devel code) instead of maintaining
a separate version.  It makes it hard to know what version to base my mods on.
Is Fote's code significantly different from your code?  I know you were both
working on parsing problems at one point.  I thought you had merged the "best
of both worlds".  Perhaps you should start working off the same base.

Meanwhile, it's easier to use the devel code as a base because of your cgi
script that gives me diffs of your updates.

> BTW I notice your patched version is sending User-Agent headers
> of the form:
> Lynx/2.7.1ac-0.15 + numbered_forms patch + highlighting fix (4/27/97) 
> libwww-FM/2.14
> (or similar with later versions).  I don't have an opinion whether
> this is too long, after all everybody may not agree that the devel code
> LYNX_VERSION strings are a good idea (and they should then change it
> in their copy).  But you should at least use a more valid syntax if
> you want to include that extra info.  The simples way would be to put
> everything you add in parentheses.

Yes--that was an old version... I hope you have a newer one...:)
As for the long agent string --
I put that string in LYNX_VERSION in userdefs.h so when users found
bugs they could type "lynx -version" to send me the version number.
I was not aware that LYNX_VERSION was also incorporated into the agent string.
Is there some syntax that has to be used in the agent string?
Would this syntax cause anything to fail that wouldn't otherwise?

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