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Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCat website bugs

From: Mart Rootamm
Subject: Re: [Bug-gnuzilla] IceCat website bugs
Date: Fri, 18 Nov 2016 20:29:35 +0200

Most of these problems
are due to what is called 'browser fingerprinting protection', but
which actually appears to be a simple user agent override. If GNU
IceCat's general override is something akin to only

Android; Mobile;

then many sites just won't accept that, because some actually require
the presence of 'Chrome' or 'Firefox', or even a specific operating
system version (Android 4.4, anyone?).

In my view, one of the ways to remedy this would be with a built-in
tool or add-on to provide a UI both in desktop and mobile that would
facilitate the creation and maintenance of site-specific overrides.
about:config exists already, but it's unwieldy and can scare novice

Some sitees, such as Google and Wikipedia, may require 'Android 4.4'
for some of their functionality to work. Others require the presence
of Desktop Chrome to be able to play video. Yet others may want a
specific Firefox version.


2016-11-18 7:56 GMT+02:00, David Hedlund <address@hidden>:
> For a handful of detailed website incompatibility see
> https://github.com/davidhedlund/Siteboogz/issues
> These browsers have been evaluated:
> * Abrowser
> * Firefox ESR
> * GNOME Web (control)
> * GNU IceCat
> * GNU IceCatMobile
> * Tor Browser
> Hopefully the link provided can be helpful for the IceCat developers to
> figure out why IceCat on these sites.
> --
> http://gnuzilla.gnu.org

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