[linux-elitists] advice needed Microsoft/Turkey is anti Mozilla (but pro-Dillo!)
Tue Oct 19 15:42:17 PDT 2004
* Bulent Murtezaoglu (email@example.com) [041019 17:27]:
> which is pretty much the same as
> I wrote a short article about this which got published in places that
> get a relatively large leadership. People read and agreed and some
> cheered, but nothing has changed on that site (as of 5 s ago). It
> is unclear what their intention is actually since the code in
> question is:
> var userAgent = navigator.userAgent;
> var MSIEIndex = userAgent.indexOf("MSIE");
> if (userAgent.indexOf("Win") == -1 ||
> userAgent.indexOf("MSIE") == -1 ||
> userAgent.substring((MSIEIndex + 5),(MSIEIndex + 8)) < 5.5)
> which then 404s on default and and takes you back to the main page.
Most of the reasons I can think of for caring about this leave me at
"feh." Microsoft isn't going to care that they're excluding 3rd-party
browsers (hell, that's a feature to them, right?), and nobody on the
planet is surely surprised that Microsoft is abusing their monopoly
position. I can't really get worked up about not being able to visit
any page on microsoft.com either.
But, if you really must get there, Firefox has a "User Agent Switcher"
extension that lets you switch to reporting "IE6" or whatever else you
want. I just tried the page in question and it works fine using that
extension. Opera supports this natively, IIRC, and most non-IE browsers
have some workaround to deal with brain-dead or obnoxious coding like
What was the question again? Oh, and what, exactly, does this have to
do with "GNOME > you"?
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