Interview with Mozilla Foundation Director of Engineering Chris Hofmann

Tuesday May 4th, 2004

PCTechTalk has an interview with Chris Hofmann, Director of Engineering at the Mozilla Foundation. Chris answers several questions about the Mozilla project and reveals some interesting examples of feedback that has been received from users. Thanks to Alex for the link.

#31 Spoofing

by joeblakesley

Monday May 10th, 2004 8:31 AM

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It is not gratifying. Please no more....stop this madness...

Opera already identifies itself with the product token or UA string, "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; MSIE 5.5; Windows NT 5.1) Opera 7.0 [en]" .

In English, "this is Opera 7.0 on MSW XP, pretending to either be MS Internet Explorer 5.5 or MS Internet Explorer 6.0, pretending to be Mozilla-compatible which really means Netscape-Navigator-compatible, pretending to be Mozilla which really means Netscape Navigator".

According to a website I found, the Safari UA string is "Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/48 (like Gecko) Safari/48".

This is equally silly. The UA string is not the place to give language information and I thought the rendering engine for Safari was KHTML which is not even mentioned (as opposed to Gecko which is but isn't).