[thelist] the regular expression for detecting gecko browserlater then Fx 1.0?

Christian Heilmann codepo8 at gmail.com
Fri Apr 28 08:27:40 CDT 2006

> You are correct that browser sniffing is "so 1997" and the wrong way to determine whether or not a browser is capable of running certain JS code but there might be specific instances when browser sniffing might be beneficial such as web stats.

How so? The opera figures will _never_ be correct as Opera
out-of-the-box calls itself MSIE, and unless the web stats sniffer
script is really clever it will always show MSIE much higher than it
really is.

And that leads to business decision makers to go for the cheap "fix it
for MSIE, nobody cares about Opera or Firefox" way.

Usage Stats via JavaScript are for the bin and to impress the
non-web-savvy. Who cares how many reloads you had - how many leads and
what the users did on your site is much more important.

Chris Heilmann
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