The page describes how to "sniff browsers", calling it the "ultimate browser sniffer" this is despite the fact it only "sniffs" a minority of browsers 4 (IE, Opera, NN, and HotJava) against 17 others that I know of, which don't include Mozilla or IE based variants which also have different UA strings. (Amiga-AWeb, Ant Fresco, AvantGo, Bush Int. TV, Dreamcast, Escape, iBrowse, iCab, iConnector, Konquerer, NetBox, Omniweb, Oregano, Pogo, QNX Voyager 3, Star Office, WebTV) The Upgrade document http://www.mozilla.org/docs/web-developer/upgrade_2.html has been purged of this flawed technique. (Remember pre Mozilla, the page was recommending that you code in mind that future versions of NN would be compatible with NN4.) This document also needs changing, it does massive damage to the likelyhood of scripts working in Mozilla and browsers based on it. Jim.
Gerv marked the page outdated last year. Can we close this as fixed? Or should the issue of CVS removal be revisited?
http://www.mozilla.org/docs/web-developer/upgrade_2.html still has information on layer and browser sniffing. Ian has updated the page several times, so I suppose he still wants the page? reassign to Ian
Let's not over-morph bugs. This bug is about http://www.mozilla.org/docs/web-developer/sniffer/browser_type.html http://www.mozilla.org/docs/web-developer/upgrade_2.html mentions browser detection as a flawed approach and advocates object detection. BTW, I'd prefer saying "This document is obsolete and the information in it should not be relied upon. The practices described here are not recommended and this document is provided only for historical reference." instead of "This document is outdated and the information in it should not be relied upon. It may no longer represent web authoring best practice." Would that be a strong enough wording so we can close this bug?
moving stuff over to an outside-the-firewall email for the time being, looking for people to pick these Help and doc bugs up for me.
Assignee: oeschger → oeschger
taking over some of Ian's bugs
Assignee: oeschger → stolenclover
I see no reason this bug can't be closed. Anyone object?
added Henri Sivonen's suggestion -> Henri
Assignee: stolenclover → hsivonen
QA Contact: rudman → stolenclover
-> fixed :-)
Status: NEW → RESOLVED
Last Resolved: 15 years ago
Resolution: --- → FIXED
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