Hi Greg, I am aware of the fact that commercial sites should support all browsers in order not miss any visitor, but that's not the case for all sites. A wide support is a result of the needs and the purposes your site is going to serve. I consider the members here professional, and that's why I posted my question here. I think that the list's members should be open minded to different concepts... it is not all black and white, and pros in this profession should know and accept that. I think this "attack" at my question was simply a good chance to flame MS (or should I say M$???) oriented sites. That's ok... I still love you all... :o) Again, I want to thank those who did help me. Good day, David. -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Greg Holmes Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 2:39 AM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: RE: [thelist] Identify a Web Crawler's request Originally, David Travis wrote: >I am working on a site, which requires IE6. In order to >prevent users who work with other browsers from accessing >the site I wrote some kind of filter to check the user >agent string, and redirect the user to an upgrade-your-browser >page. This redirection also causes requests from web-crawlers >(search engines) to be redirected to this page. > >The site contains a lot of content, which I want to be >added to the search engines' indexes. Then, in response to feedback, he wrote: >For those who took my question seriously, thank you, you >helped me a lot! The fact that your question was not narrowly answered in the format you asked it does not mean that it was not taken seriously. >For all the rest... I am sorry, but no one can ignore the >fact that IE rules! Over 90% use IE (from ver 4 to 6). Nobody is ignoring it; they're asking why you need to screen out other browsers. >I am aware of all security issues, and performance and >blah... blah... blah... Apparently not, if you think those issues are "blah, blah ..." >but the bottom line is that the user does >not care about it and USES internet explorer... Not all users. And you're right; they don't care what *your* choice of browser is; they'll just leave if you tell them to "upgrade" a Volvo to a Gremlin. >I created a site for internal uses, where I can set "system >requirements" for browsing it. Wait a minute; you originally wrote: >The site contains a lot of content, which I want to be >added to the search engines' indexes. Which is it? Internal uses, or content-rich for search engines? >I guess there are better browsers, but for this project I >simply don't care... Well, you came to a forum where most people do care. What did you expect the reaction to be? But more importantly, we know that it isn't necessary to restrict your site building to one browser. You asked the equivalent of "how do I do something that almost never makes sense?" So forgive us if we have a few questions first ... I understand that it isn't a very nice feeling, to feel as if your question is being picked apart. But you can now bite your tongue, grit your teeth, and learn from the experience, or you can lash out. Up to you. Greg Holmes -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !