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Subject: FLASH: Browser compatibility alert: Some browser Y2K hiccups expected
From: cyScape
Date: Thu, 30 Dec 1999 16:14:40 GMT

The following is a special browser compatibility alert from cyScape, Inc.:

ZDNet, Inc.'s PCWeek Online reported today that users of Netscape
Communication Corp.'s Netscape Communicator 4.06 and earlier, as well as
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet Explorer 4.5 for Macintosh and earlier, could
experience problems when purchasing goods on-line after midnight on December
31, 1999 due to hard coded expiration dates in these browser's digital
certificates. This problem could affect millions of users. For more
information visit:

To help minimize any problems that may otherwise be experienced, you can
easily use cyScape's BrowserHawk ActiveX/COM or Javabean components to
detect users with these browsers. Once detected you can proactively provide
a special notice to these users before they attempt to purchase anything
from your site, and point them to the appropriate URL for upgrading their

The following is sample ASP code which accomplishes this using BrowserHawk
for ActiveX/COM. Users of Allaire ColdFusion, JSP/servlets, and other
server-side scripting languages can use similar techniques to accomplish the
same. Contact us at supportatcyscape [dot] com for details.

If you do not yet have a copy of BrowserHawk you can download a free, fully
functional evaluation from http://cyscape.com/products/bhawk/download.asp.

Set BrowserHawk = Server.CreateObject("cyScape.browserObj")
... your site's normal content here ...
... then put this code near your order button/link ...
if (BrowserHawk.browser = "Netscape" AND BrowserHawk.version <= 4.06) OR
(BrowserHawk.browser = "IE" AND BrowserHawk.platform = "Mac") then
response.write "You may have problems ordering with your browser after
December 31, 1999. To correct any problems download "
if BrowserHawk.browser = "Netscape" then
response.write "IE 4.51 from <a
response.write "Netscape 4.7 from <a
end if
end if
... rest of your page goes here...

Or alternatively, you can use the IF/ELSE logic at the top of the page and
redirect the user using Response.Redirect to a page which explains the
possible issues and links to their appropriate upgrade.


Are you solving or having specific browser compatibility issues with your
site? We want to hear from you! Write us at supportatcyscape [dot] com and tell
us all about it.


cyScape, Inc.
The World-wide leader in
browser compatibility.

cyScape, BrowserHawk, and BrowserHawk4J are trademarks of cyScape, Inc. All
other marks are trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright (c)
1999 cyScape, Inc. All rights reserved.

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