Re: Iceweasel's UserAgent
On 05/07/2008 05:23 PM, Eduardo M KALINOWSKI wrote:
Which leads to the question: Shouldn't Iceweasel at least advertise
itself as Firefox?
No it should not.
Because after all it _is_ Firefox, only with a
That depends upon timing and perspective. In a real, legal and
organizational sense, Iceweasel is a different web browser maintained by
a different organization from Mozilla, and it should have a different
name and advertise itself as what it is--a different web browser.
However, history does show that Iceweasel shares some code with Firefox.
History also shows that the Microsoft Internet Explorer shares some code
with Spyglass and NCSA Mosaic. This does not justify MSIE advertising
itself as anything other than "MSIE x.x."
Since Iceweasel and Firefox use the Gecko rendering engine (and
advertise it), websites should use the string "Gecko" to determine if a
web browser has Firefox-compatible functionality. Google and the other
websites mentioned in this thread messed up. Their web software looks
for the sexy trademarked name Firefox, when instead they should look for
Gecko. E-mail your friendly webmasters to show them the errors of their