Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Mar 2018 00:17 UTC
Internet & Networking

In the beginning there was NCSA Mosaic, and Mosaic called itself NCSA_Mosaic/2.0 (Windows 3.1), and Mosaic displayed pictures along with text, and there was much rejoicing.

I've always wondered why every user agent string starts with Mozilla, and now I know. Fun read, too.

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I think it was inevitable that the user agent string would cause more problems than it solved. It's not reasonable to expect websites to be able to know what types of content every version of every browser supports. It's far more reasonable to expect each version of a browser to be able to know what types of content it supports. A better approach might be to have websites announce what types of content they have available, and have browsers request what they can handle.

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Then the browsers would request everything anyway

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