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From Brian Behlendorf <>
Subject Re: browser negotiation
Date Sun, 11 Feb 1996 22:30:32 GMT
On Sun, 11 Feb 1996, Randy Terbush wrote:
> One problem I have with the single file approach is the following:
> It seems that generally the priority for an HTML project can justifiably
> be done using Netscapisms on the first cut. Subsequent work to support
> other browser types could follow and could simply be added by adding
> additional files instead of hacking the netscape files and possible
> adding problems. Changes in a separate set of files would be unlikely
> to effect the others.
> This approach is also more extensible if the browser market further
> fragments itself. It would not require changes in the server code
> to the parsing routines.

Unfortunately in practice (as a shop that has built a couple large sites 
with two versions of every HTML page, one for netscape and one for 
others) it's much nicer to be able to make changes in only one file than 
in two separate files, when that change affects both versions.  It also 
disallows fine grained negotiation - MSIE can do tables but not 
server-push, for example.  So, make on document which switches between 
functions instead of switching on user-agent field, and your documents 
have a slightly longer lifespan.


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