I do not know what is the impact of a "user agent". I do know if I choose the iPhone user agent on my Macbook, it means I can do things that website owners/designers… (read more)
I do not know what is the impact of a "user agent". I do know if I choose the iPhone user agent on my Macbook, it means I can do things that website owners/designers were trying to limit to iPhone e.g. read full version of magazines for free. So I guess a user-agent somehow tells the website owner/designer "our device" we are in someway.
But does a user-agent do anything else technically to the browser?
>Does User-Agent control if a user-script that requires xx can use xx (where xx = https://ajax.googleapis.com/ajax/libs/jquery/1.8.3/jquery.min.js). I can run this userscript successfully using GreaseMonkey in Fx but it fails to run in Fluid App. Fluid has userscripts embedded into the app, no plug-in is required.
>Does User-Agent control how low I can zoom. Current zoom level is restricted to 50% with below user agent. Most unhelpful.
I am wondering this as I started to play around with the purchased app, Fluid.
Fluid converts a SSB (Single Site Browser) -- aka many apps that are now pure web browser but really are an app), into a quasi-app, so it can sit on your dock, use OSX notifications, use trays/split window panels etc..) Fluid is no where near as powerful as Fx, but it does have integration to OSX notifications which at the moment I cannot find an add-on that enables this via the webkit. Several add-ons are now using OSX notifications so I know it must be possible (e.g. download helper).
The latest version of Fluid is 1.8.3, which I recently purchased. By default I opened user agent and it shows this:
Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_10_3) AppleWebKit/0600.5.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) FluidApp Version/1955 Safari/0600.5.17
No idea what this user-agent is really telling me. I am on OSX yosemite 10.10.3, I use the latest FX (38 recently upgraded this week) and I do not use Safari.
Thankyou for your help.