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Say good-bye to empty Web pages
(IDG) -- One frustrating outcome of the browser wars has been
the incompatibility of Web design between Microsoft
and Netscape products, which can lead to viewing
empty pages. One unknown company hopes to
alleviate all that.
CyScape, based in Vienna, Va., has created software
called BrowserHawk 2.0 that tells servers which
version of which browser users are running. Armed
with this information, the server can make sure that
users are receiving the best version of a company's
BrowserHawk sits on your Web server and detects
the browser used by visitors to your site. The software
then directs the proper HTML and scripting code for
For instance, if a user is running
Microsoft's Internet Explorer, then the server will hand
over a version of the site featuring ActiveX. If not,
then it will hand over the page that has simpler coding.
The new version adds the ability to detect whether
cookies are enabled or disabled and do reverse DNS
lookup to resolve IP addresses to host names. It also
integrates with Web authoring tools such as Microsoft
Visual InterDev 6.0.
BrowserHawk is a server-side ActiveX component. It
can find information about more than 40 properties of
visiting Web browsers, including the browser name,
version, style sheets, frames, DHTML, SSL, SSL key
strength, tables and table background colors, and file
BrowserHawk 2.0 is shipping now and costs $99 per
Web server. CySpace offers a free evaluation copy at its Web site (see link below).