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MSN filters browsers

2001-10-26 13:54:53+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

One of the reasons I think the Web Standards Project browser upgrade campaign is misguided is that it gets users used to accepting actions like this: Yesterday, MSN.com started filtering by browser type. There's a News.com article on the original MSN exclusions and a later article that claims that MSN has backpedaled, but from Opera (there are reports that if you munge headers enough to get the page, Opera renders it fine) to Lynx (which can make pretty much any page that doesn't have lots of its content in JavaScript, even Jeffrey Zeldman's pages, readable) I just get the "use our software" message. Hopefully this will wake up the W3C to reasonable resolutions to their patent mess, but having seen where recent standards from them are going, i'm not optimistic.

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:07+00 by: Dan Lyke

Opera responds.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:07+00 by: TheSHAD0W

More news about the lockout. A lot of people have used this as a casus belli to finalize the antitrust legislation towards MS.