Why your UserAgent is a Fat Liar

I just ran across this entertaining article by Aaron Anderson and thought I'd share it:

History of the browser user-agent string

It reads like a trip down memory lane; rife with the jaded nostalgia we whom have suffered every browser since Mosaic share.

And then Google built Chrome, and Chrome used Webkit, and it was like Safari, and wanted pages built for Safari, and so pretended to be Safari. And thus Chrome used WebKit, and pretended to be Safari, and WebKit pretended to be KHTML, and KHTML pretended to be Gecko, and all browsers pretended to be Mozilla, and Chrome called itself Mozilla/5.0 (Windows; U; Windows NT 5.1; en-US) AppleWebKit/525.13 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/ Safari/525.13, and the user agent string was a complete mess, and near useless, and everyone pretended to be everyone else, and confusion abounded.


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