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From Randy Terbush <ra...@zyzzyva.com>
Subject Re: mod_browser
Date Thu, 08 Aug 1996 13:52:09 GMT
> I've uploaded to /httpd/incoming/mod_browser.c, with documentation in
> mod_browser.html, a module that implements functionality that we've
> discussed here before, and that has generally been agreed to be a useful
> addition to the Apache distribution.
> 
> This module sets environment variables based on the User-Agent string.
> These are then available to CGI scripts, or includes, or what have you.
> This is done using regular expressions, e.g.
> 
> BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/[2-3] tables javascript
> 
> would set the variables "tables" and "javascript". It sets them to "1"
> unless otherwise specified (e.g. "variable=value").
> 
> This lets you do several things. For one, it lets you modify Apache's
> behavior based on the User-Agent. For example, we could throw in an
> "!table_get(r->subprocess_env, "nokeepalive")" into the keepalive code,
> andthen do "BrowserMatch ^Mozilla/2.*Win nokeepalive" (or whatever). This
> is something we discussed earlier.
> 
> The other important thing, and perhaps the most obvious, is that it gives
> Apache, when combined with xssi, an out-of-the-box solution to
> feature-based conditional HTML. Which is something people seem to want.
> 
> Thoughts?
> 

I much prefer doing this in the server over using CGI. +1




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