History of Browser User Agents

A buddy of mine passed along a link that I thought is worth sharing. If you’ve done any serious web development in the past, then you will have come across the need to check a browser’s user agent string at some point to try and determine what browser is visiting your web site. But have you ever wondered where all that nonsensical text came from? Aaron Anderson over at WebAIM wrote a humorous look back at the history of the Browser User Agent string. It’s not a new article; it’s a few years old now, but it’s a funny read, and highlights how we got into the mess we’re in today. Click here to go to Aaron’s article. If you want a sobering look at how many there are, useragentstring.com keeps track of them.