On Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 12:58 AM, Paul M Foster <pa...@quillandmouse.com>wrote:

> This is sort of obliquely related to PHP.
> I don't have a smart phone, but I need to know a couple of things:
> 1) Do smart phones use the same browsers as the desktop, or do they have
> their own stripped down versions of browsers?

Both, although more and more smart phones join the ranks of the
desktop-quality browser every day (iPhone and Android both have very
capable browsers, with the iPhone's omission of flash support being the
biggest difference between these two.)

> 2) When a browser broadcasts its header telling the server what kind of
> browser is involved, do they broadcast anything in the header to
> indicate that they're being run on a smart phone?

Yes, but that gets complicated quickly:

> 3) Bonus question: Is there a preferred method amongst coders to
> determine what type of environment is being browsed from, so as to serve
> up the proper type of page (desktop or smart phone version of a
> webpage)?

To supplement the alistapart link already mentioned, here's another recent

I develop mobile games and websites, and I never use the User Agent to
alter site/presentation. Media queries and types are the way I handle this
(sometimes creating separate mobile resources, but most of the time
creating designs that adapt accordingly.)

All this to say, I don't use PHP to handle this aspect of the development.


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