David P James dpjames at rogers.com
Tue Sep 30 02:14:22 BST 2003

On September 29, 2003 09:57, Nick THOMPSON wrote:

> I mainly use konqi for most of my browsing, but I'm always curious to
> try new stuff. I had a quick go with MozillaFirebird today and on the
> first site I choose to try (www.powergen.co.uk), it failed. But I was
> pleasantly surprised by the message the web site gave:
> ---paste---
> We have detected that you are running a browser not supported by this
> website. 
> We currently support Microsoft Internet Explorer (Version 5.0 or above)
> and Netscape Navigator (Version 7.02 or above). 
> Whilst not officially supported the site can also be used with Opera
> (Version 7.20 or above) and Konqueror (Version 3.1.1 or above). 
> Your Current Browser: Netscape
> Your Current Version: 0.6.1
> ---end---

I wouldn't claim Firebird "failed" from that - FB's rendering engine is a 
newer version of  that used by Netscape 7.02. Rather, that site simply has a 
poor browser-sniffer (it called it Netscape, after all), since it ought to be 
looking for the Mozilla/5.0 portion of the UA (ie, the browser generation) 
rather than the version of the browser itself. Or they could simply attempt 
to exclude the problem browsers (IE4, NS4) and not bother trying to exclude 
anything else.
is a good resource on this issue.

David P James
Ottawa, Ontario

There is no art which one government sooner learns of another
than that of draining money from the pockets of the people.
-Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations

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