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Re: [Lynx-dev] BUG Report

From: David Woolley
Subject: Re: [Lynx-dev] BUG Report
Date: Thu, 13 Oct 2011 08:56:05 +0100
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Thomas Dickey wrote:

You can set it in the options menu. I added the "Send User-Agent Header" checkbox a while back to address this (doesn't affect the stored copy of the user agent). Some people on the list made comments to the effect that it's worse than the problem with the server -ymmv

This whole business of all GUI user agents being Mozilla, and identifying the real agent in the comment, came about because of web servers being configured to discriminate against older browsers.

The comments people make about forging the user agent is that if browsing statistics never show Lynx, web site developers will conclude that no-one uses it, so they can happily continue to write Ecmascript applications that only run on the main GUI browsers.

David Woolley
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