Sunday, July 31, 2005

the browser warz

Discussion today on slashdot regarding Opera's plan to stop pretending to be IE by default in order to fool sites into loading.

Being an Opera user, I'm of two minds on this. On the one hand, one of the reasons Opera isn't more accepted is that it doesn't get counted in web stats, because it pretends to be IE. And because it isn't counted, webmasters don't think it has any users, and thus go on coding with non-standard Microsoft IE gadgetry.

On the other hand, I know of plenty of sites which work just fine with Opera, but if you don't have it set to spoof as IE, you can't even get in. I find that extremely irritating, as do, predictably, many others at slashdot.

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