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Re: Re: Detect Mac Browser

by Trimbach (Curate)
on Oct 02, 2003 at 21:16 UTC ( #296092=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

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The poster doesn't mention this, but there are (sometimes) good reasons for doing OS-specific re-directs, but not for browser rendering reasons (shame on anyone who does that these days. In a world of nearly standards compliant browsers I'm hoping the days of browser detects are over). If you've got a Windows product and a Mac product why not direct your users to the appropriate version? Netscape does this when you go to download the latest version of Navigator... they do an OS-detect and show you the Mac version for download if you come in on a Mac, and the Windows version if you come in on Windows. Pretty clever, actually. :-)

Gary Blackburn
Trained Killer

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Re: Re: Re: Detect Mac Browser
by Nkuvu (Priest) on Oct 02, 2003 at 21:25 UTC

    Yep, I must say that I was initially irritated when I read this. Because a lot of websites do this stupid "Check to see if your browser is IE or Netscape" and then dump you to a "We're sorry, you have a stooopid browser" page if not. The really irritating bit about this is that once past that initial check page, it works fine no matter what browser you're using...

    So yeah, upon reflection I can think of reasons for OS detect. But more often I have encountered bad reasons for the OS detect.

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