Re: Content negotiation

William F. Hammond (
Fri, 10 Nov 1995 11:11:46 -0500 (EST)

Kee Hinckley<> writes:

> ... When I said "version", I included platform. In fact one of my pet
> peeves with User-Agent fields is that too many browsers neglect to
> mention the platform. ...

The whole User-Agent thing is being carried too far. For example,
I (as a USER) have an X11-resource

Netscape.geometry: 590x398-50-2

If you are looking at "platform", you should also care about that --
or at least care about what monitor I am using so that you might
make an inference about "geometry".

What you are pushing for is just not "robust".

And what about the USER? Some users are helpless, but many are not
and have definite ideas about what they want.

Don't you want the USER to be part of content-negotiation? (Have you
looked at the gopher model [view submenus] of content-negotiation? See
the URL


and in that menu: "gopher+.txt" (30 July 1993).)

-- Bill