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PHP, Java and Browser Detection

By Blake Schwendiman
on October 6, 2000

One aspect of web development that has been
intriguing to me for a long time is browser
detection and browser-customized content
development. Besides simply being a cool
feature, there are legitimate
business cases for using browser detection
in a real-world web application. The problem
is that there are so many combinations of
browsers, versions and platforms that it
becomes cumbersome to develop a custom
browser detection solution.

The good news is that BrowserHawk ® is
available so there is no need for a custom
solution. BrowserHawk is a great example of
a third-party tool that has been developed
with a long-term vision. BrowserHawk not
only detects the capabilities of all the current
browsers, but it is built with a self-updating
database so it can detect new browsers as they
become available.

Full details of using BrowserHawk and Java are available at http://www.intechra.net/bh/