Ben, I totally agree, there's so much that can be done either using some
Apache rewrite magic - %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} + Regular Expressions = powerful
client detection or even just with some embedded PHP code or similar so that
different pages and/or sections of pages can be pulled in as required.

There are some totally amazing things that can be done with Apache if start
playing with content negotiation, authorisation and access control and
rewrite rules etc - it's a real eye opener and a whole new world of goodness

Best to all,


// -----Original Message-----
// From: Ben Boyle [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED]
// Sent: Thursday, 9 October 2003 8:02 PM
// Subject: [WSG] Targeting IE5
// I would have thought the best way to target a browser (be it IE5
// or other)
// was content negotiation. Detect the browser and serve content in the
// appropriate format. Does anyone else get the feeling this technique is
// rarely used whilst cruder methods proliferate?
// IMHO, web servers can do a lot more than just serve files and should be
// exploited for all they are worth - and that's plenty. I feel this
// cornerstone of the web is oft overlooked, much to the detriment of the
// online experience when cruder technologies are called on to compensate.
// Maybe it's just too difficult for developers to get access to webserver
// configuration, or too tedious to produce content in multiple
// formats? Gotta
// weight that against the time and effort we've all invested in workarounds
// and hacks though ... The right tool for the job. One can't solve every
// problem with a hammer.
// cheers
// Ben
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