On Tue, 7 Nov 1995, Scott Deshaies wrote:
> Hi all-
> In two different trade magazine recently, I've read a few things about
> Netscape's Navigator that made me go "Hmm?".
> The first was the CEO of Netscape saying something to the effect that
> "..we know how many people are using our browsers because every time
> you access a site, a message is set to one of our servers telling us
> what version you have, if it's a trial beta or registered, etc".
> I havent had a chance to run a packet trace on it yet, but does anyone
> know if this is true?
Any web site can keep track of what type of browser visits their site
by simply logging the HTTP_USER_AGENT field. This is not specific
to Netscape and is quite valuable to Webmasters as they have a way to
serve the proper HTML depending on what type of browser the user is
using. Netscape can put whatever they want in this field when they
ship the browser. The field usually contains the browser type and
version. This field will also pass through most proxies and usually
contains both what proxy was used and the original value. Since
most people do not change their home from http://home.netscape.com
Netscape has a great way to keep track of what versions of their
browsers are being used.
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