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Why doesn't request desktop website work?


I installed the Firefox beta on my Nexus 7. The Request Desktop site option is present, but not on a More option under settings, but rather at the root directory. I did check this box, but when I go to sites...cwtv.com and www.espn.go.com beihg examples...I only get the mobile site! This is a problem, how can I address this?

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  • User Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.11 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/23.0.1271.97 Safari/537.11

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Espn redirects to m.espn.go.com and does not redirect deskop user agents back to the desktop site. You can see this by visiting http://m.espn.go.com on a desktop browser.

The workaround for this is to install the Phony extension and set it to Deskop Firefox. and revisit the page.


Brian Nicholson 0 solutions 3 answers

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Some sites read the navigator.userAgent property in JavaScript instead of looking at the User-Agent request header. This issue should be fixed by https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/show_bug.cgi?id=768035.