Browser ID/User Agent

Daniel Silverstone dsilvers at
Tue Aug 1 21:54:26 BST 2017

On Tue, Aug 01, 2017 at 21:40:57 +0100, John Williams wrote:
> I've been doing some stuff recently with browser ID strings, and find that
> it is quite complicated!
> There is stuff called Mozilla compatibility, platform, platform details,
> specific enhancements etcetera! All very difficult to untangle!
> But NetSurf (RISC OS) resolutely reports itself as:
>         NetSurf/3.7 (RISC OS)
> which isn't terribly helpful/compatible with the likes of, for instance:
>         Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 6.0.1; SAMSUNG SM-T550 Build/MMB29M) 
>         AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) SamsungBrowser/4.0 
>         Chrome/44.0.2403.133 Safari/537.36
> Observations, please!

NetSurf is not telling lies.  In addition, browser name sniffing is considered
harmful because of how many extensions exist which allow you to change it.
Basically just "no".


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