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I am being deluged with requests to add the following user agent to the browscap.ini file I make available for download on the site in my profile.
All indications are this is not a valid user agent but now I'm beginning to have my doubts. I've seen this user agent in lots of logs but it is so out of sync with what Safari user agents normally look like that I think this is a spoofed user agent. For example, Safari did away with the (KHTML, like Gecko) portion of the user agent a long time ago. Now it seems to be back. Also, I've only seen whole numbers for the AppleWebKit and Safari versions and yet this one seems to have a major and minor version.
I really need help with this because I am not a Mac person and yet people around the world rely on my browscap.ini file for IIS, PHP, Java and even Sun One ASP so accuracy is very important to me.
Thanks in advance for whatever help anyone can offer.
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/85.7 (KHTML, like Gecko) Safari/85.5
Safari sure makes it hard for me to keep an accurate record of their user agents.
If anyone from Apple/Safari is a member here it would be a huge help if they could design a page that lists all the valid Safari user agents.
Accuracy is very important to me, and to all the people who depend upon my browscap.ini file (over 1,000 downloads per day).
You've actually got two browsers in the list : Safari from Apple, and OmniWeb from The Omni Group - [omnigroup.com...] They are *both* using the AppleWebKit.
As to the discrepancy between the AppleWebKit/85.7 and Safari/85.5 with the version numbers not being in synch, this happens because AppleWebKit and Safari now can be updated independently. With the 1.0 release of Safari, they were split in two to allow other programs to use AppleWebKit - which is what OmniWeb now does. OmniWeb has completely dropped developing their own rendering engine and now focuses totally on the interface - like Safari now actually does.
Much of this information is actually stated in #2 on the URL I provided.
You'll also have to take note of the fact that some people have access to internal developer versions of AppleWebKit and Safari, and these versions will of course have higher numbers than what normal users have.
Keeping track of programs in rapid semi-public development and testing - like what Apple did to garner rapid user feed-back and bug-hunting - is one hell of a job.
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Also as to you Mozilla versions:
[Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh;?; PPC; *; rv:1.6*) Gecko/?]
[Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh;?; 68K; *; rv:1.6*) Gecko/?]
ought no longer to be valid since the first one is from Mac OS 9 under which Mozilla hasn't run since version 1.4. The second one ought to be from Mac OS 8.x and Mozilla has - as far as I know - never been able to run on Mac OS 8.x and 68k processors. And I *have* tried with the special version below on 8.1 *s*
[edited by: Macguru at 2:30 pm (utc) on Oct. 30, 2003]
[edit reason] Link to specifics removed, thanks [/edit]