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What features does this visitors browser support? (PHP)

Does this visitor's web site support CSS? Is this visitor a robot? Should I send out frames? There are the sorts of questions that you may want to ask in a PHP page .... and PHP supports the get_browser function which can tell you ... or which can tell, most of the time, once you have it configured.

The browscap.ini file that the function needs doe NOT ship with PHP. When you think about it, there's a certain logic to that as the browser database has to be updated far more frequently that PHP, so a separate distribution channel is sensible. Latest download from http://browsers.garykeith.com/downloads.asp. Then you need to configure it into your PHP (i.e. tell your PHP where to find the file ... and I've done that on our server by adding the following line to the end of my php.ini file:
browscap = /home/wellho/include/browscap.ini
And then stopping and restarting httpd.

And get_browser will now work. See it run at http://www.wellho.net/demo/gbs.php and see the source code of my demonstration at http://www.wellho.net/resources/ex.php4?item=h304/gbs.php.




Two more new browser type demos in PHP ... see here for a sorted list of the browsers that people used for the first 1000 hits on our site yesterday, and here for a demo that send out a graphic to a real user, but a descriptive alternative to a robot. That's a cheap and cheerful way of doing some of the things that I mention with get_browser and may be all you need. There are links to source on both of these examples.
(written 2009-04-22, updated 2009-04-28)

 
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articles
H110 - PHP - HTML Web Page Data Handling
  [3926] Filtering PHP form inputs - three ways, but which should you use? - (2012-11-18)
  [3036] Sending out an email containing HTML from within a PHP page - (2010-11-07)
  [2107] How to tweet automatically from a blog - (2009-03-28)
  [2046] Finding variations on a surname - (2009-02-17)
  [2025] Injection Attack if register_globals in on - PHP - (2009-02-04)
  [1831] Text formating for HTML, with PHP - (2008-10-11)
  [1169] Emailing as HTML (Web Page) - PHP example - (2007-04-30)
  [1136] Buffering output - why it is done and issues raised in Tcl, Perl, Python and PHP - (2007-04-06)
  [1053] Sorting people by name in PHP - (2007-01-26)
  [1001] .pdf files - upload via PHP, store in MySQL, retrieve - (2006-12-19)
  [896] PHP - good coding practise and sticky radio buttons - (2006-10-17)
  [789] Hot answers in PHP - (2006-07-02)
  [589] Robust PHP user inputs - (2006-02-03)
  [50] Current cost in your local currency - (2004-09-16)

H306 - PHP - Who is your visitor?
  [3946] Moving from a warning system to a control system - PHP, forum spammers - (2012-12-07)
  [3094] Setting your user_agent in PHP - telling back servers who you are - (2010-12-18)
  [2667] Web page to telephone calls / links using an iPhone - (2010-03-08)
  [2380] Object Oriented programming - a practical design example - (2009-08-27)
  [2343] World Flags in your PHP pages - (2009-08-10)
  [1736] Current visitors from around the world - PHP - (2008-08-04)

W508 - Web and Intranet - Which Browser?
  [3128] How does your browser find out about itself? - (2011-01-11)
  [1519] Flipping images on your web page - (2008-01-26)


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