[Pkg-chromium-maint] Bug#581066: Please don't change User-Agent

brian m. carlson sandals at crustytoothpaste.net
Sun Dec 12 00:32:47 UTC 2010

I've thoroughly read 581066 and I want to encourage you not to change
the User-Agent header to read "Chromium" and not "Chrome".  While in
theory I agree with you that the User-Agent header should not be used
for any functional purpose, my experience with Iceweasel indicates

I used to use a bank that used Bing maps, and the maps did not work with
Iceweasel because Microsoft didn't know (or care, presumably) that
Iceweasel was functionally equivalent to Firefox.  When Iceweasel added
"Firefox" to its User-Agent string, the site worked.  Ideally, Bing maps
would use standard-compliant APIs and markup that would obviate the need
for this, but this is Microsoft.  And this is not the only example by
any stretch of the imagination.

I expect to see significant breakage if the User-Agent is changed, and
for that reason I would request that you specifically not do it.  There
are too many websites written by idiots out there, including some really
major ones that can't be avoided.

brian m. carlson / brian with sandals: Houston, Texas, US
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