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Lots of sites are rejecting HTTP requests from IE7 because they don't recognize the User-Agent header it sends.

nsoftware recently ran into this problem with the IP*Works! HTTP component. Google has started rejecting requests in which the User-Agent contains an asterisk character! What in the world is that about, Google? We had to change the User-Agent header default value (it is of course configurable by the developer using the component), which is no big deal and is a quick-fix, but this is a change that we should not have had to make.

Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 9:02 AM Programming | Back to top



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