Manual:$wgBrowserBlackList

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User agent: $wgBrowserBlackList
Browser blacklist for non-Unicode-compliant browsers.
Introduced in version: 1.4.0 (r5793)
Removed in version: still in use
Allowed values: (array of regular expressions)
Default value: (see below)

Other settings: Alphabetical | By Function


Details[edit | edit source]

Browser Blacklist for unicode non compliant browsers. Contains a list of regexps : "/regexp/" matching problematic browsers. If the user-agent of a browser matches one such regex, the "safemode" field is used when editing (see the safemode item in Manual:Parameters to index.php#Optional additional data for details).

Default Values[edit | edit source]

Current version[edit | edit source]

From some later version of MW than 1.7.0, this setting had the following default values:

$wgBrowserBlackList = array(
    /**
     * Netscape 2-4 detection
     * The minor version may contain strings such as "Gold" or "SGoldC-SGI"
     * Lots of non-netscape user agents have "compatible", so it's useful to check for that
     * with a negative assertion. The [UIN] identifier specifies the level of security 
     * in a Netscape/Mozilla browser, checking for it rules out a number of fakers. 
     * The language string is unreliable, it is missing on NS4 Mac.
     * 
     * Reference: http://www.psychedelix.com/agents/index.shtml
     */
    '/^Mozilla\/2\.[^ ]+ [^(]*?\((?!compatible).*; [UIN]/',
    '/^Mozilla\/3\.[^ ]+ [^(]*?\((?!compatible).*; [UIN]/',
    '/^Mozilla\/4\.[^ ]+ [^(]*?\((?!compatible).*; [UIN]/',
 
    /**
     * MSIE on Mac OS 9 is teh sux0r, converts þ to <thorn>, ð to <eth>, Þ to <THORN> and Ð to <ETH>
     *
     * Known useragents:
     * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Mac_PowerPC)
     * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.15; Mac_PowerPC)
     * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.23; Mac_PowerPC)
     * - [...]
     *
     * @link http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User%3A%C6var_Arnfj%F6r%F0_Bjarmason%2Ftestme&diff=12356041&oldid=12355864
     * @link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template%3AOS9
     */
    '/^Mozilla\/4\.0 \(compatible; MSIE \d+\.\d+; Mac_PowerPC\)/',
 
    /**
     * Google wireless transcoder, seems to eat a lot of chars alive
     * http://it.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Luciano_Ligabue&diff=prev&oldid=8857361
     */
    '/^Mozilla\/4\.0 \(compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0; Google Wireless Transcoder;\)/'
);

The changes between this and the previous version are:

  • There was a change to regexes for Netscape 2-4 detection.
  • The Google Wireless Transcoder regex was added.

1.7.0[edit | edit source]

From 1.7.0 until it was changed to the current version (we've not yet figured out when this was...), this setting had the following default values:

$wgBrowserBlackList = array(
	/**
	 * Netscape 2-4 detection
	 * The minor version may contain strings such as "Gold" or "SGoldC-SGI"
	 * Lots of non-netscape user agents have "compatible", so it's useful to check for that
	 * with a negative assertion. The [UIN] identifier specifies the level of security 
	 * in a Netscape/Mozilla browser, checking for it rules out a number of fakers. 
	 * The language string is unreliable, it is missing on NS4 Mac.
	 * 
	 * Reference: http://www.psychedelix.com/agents/index.shtml
	 */
	'/^Mozilla\/2\.[^ ]+ .*?\((?!compatible).*; [UIN]/',
	'/^Mozilla\/3\.[^ ]+ .*?\((?!compatible).*; [UIN]/',
	'/^Mozilla\/4\.[^ ]+ .*?\((?!compatible).*; [UIN]/',
 
	/**
         * MSIE on Mac OS 9 is teh sux0r, converts þ to <thorn>, ð to <eth>, Þ to <THORN> and Ð to <ETH>
	 *
	 * Known useragents:
	 * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Mac_PowerPC)
	 * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.15; Mac_PowerPC)
	 * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.23; Mac_PowerPC)
	 * - [...]
	 *
	 * @link http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User%3A%C6var_Arnfj%F6r%F0_Bjarmason%2Ftestme&diff=12356041&oldid=12355864
	 * @link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template%3AOS9
	 */
	'/^Mozilla\/4\.0 \(compatible; MSIE \d+\.\d+; Mac_PowerPC\)/'
);

Prior to 1.7.0[edit | edit source]

From 1.4.1 to 1.6.10, this setting had the following default values:

$wgBrowserBlackList = array(
    "/Mozilla\/4\.78 \[en\] \(X11; U; Linux/",
    /**
     * MSIE on Mac OS 9 is teh sux0r, converts þ to <thorn>, ð to <eth>, Þ to <THORN> and Ð to <ETH>
     *
     * Known useragents:
     * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.0; Mac_PowerPC)
     * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.15; Mac_PowerPC)
     * - Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 5.23; Mac_PowerPC)
     * - [...]
     *
     * @link http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=User%3A%C6var_Arnfj%F6r%F0_Bjarmason%2Ftestme&diff=12356041&oldid=12355864
     * @link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template%3AOS9
     */
    "/Mozilla\/4\.0 \(compatible; MSIE \d+\.\d+; Mac_PowerPC\)/"
    );

Prior to 1.4.1[edit | edit source]

In 1.4.0, this setting had the following default value:

$wgBrowserBlackList = array(
        "/Mozilla\/4\.78 \[en\] \(X11; U; Linux/"
        // FIXME: Add some accurate, true things here
        );
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