User agent

Janina Sajka janina at
Sat Jan 31 22:22:02 EST 2004

Earlier today, three folks here posted strings that can be used. Here
they are, separated by blank lines, just in case, so you know what's in

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1)

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; .NET CLR 1.0.3705; .NET CLR 1.1.4322)

Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.1; Q312461)

Now, where you put one of these:

Do o for options. From here on it depends on how you've configured your
lynx browser, because there are, I think, three different interfaces to
the options screens.

One of them is an actual web page interface. You're looking for "user
agent." When you find it you'll see the lynx version designation. It's
an edit field, so just clear it out with Ctrl-u and put one of the above
strings in with the Speakup clipboard.

If you have the older (and my preferred) single-char command interface,
the "user agent" selection is performed with the capital A. This takes
you to an edit field that you clear with Ctrl-u and then fill from the
Speakup clipboard, as above.

Once you do this, just do left arrow to return to lynx. Test your work
by going to Raul's web page. It should tell you that you're using
whichever of the strings you put in.

PS: You can also edit your .lynxrc, but there's no reason to make this a
permanent thing, unless you really want to.

Cheryl Homiak writes:
> From: Cheryl Homiak <chomiak at>
> I don't see a masquerade-as in my lynx help, but Ii do see a --useragent=.
> but I'm not sure how to format it or how much I have to put in. for
> instance, can I just have something like MSIE6.0 or do I have to put other
> info in and if so do i leave spaces or use colons or what?
> I did try MSIE6.0 for starters; both the asmodean site and BOA listed
> that as what I had but BOA still said I needed to download another
> browser. I did read the useragent info on the website that was listed, but
> i still didn't really understand how to format something on the lynx
> command line. Of course, BOA could also be picking up that the encryption
> is different (192 bit as I believe Janina points out in her letter) I
> suppose. But the encryption is definitely there.
> Thanks.
> -- 
> Cheryl
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Janina Sajka
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Director, Technology Research and Development
American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Chair, Accessibility Work Group
Free Standards Group

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