Firefox, Chrome, and Edge are all reaching model 100 quickly, and seems the web is not absolutely outfitted to deal with net browser model numbers hitting three digits. Websites like Yahoo, HBO Go, and Bethesda.web are already struggling to fathom such a big quantity in early tests, so builders are having to step in.
Web sites have to establish your browser by way of a “user-agent” string, which incorporates the title of the browser, the main model quantity, and the minor model quantity. Till now, the main model quantity has solely ever maxed out with two digits and including one other one appears to be an issue large enough that Mozilla and Chrome builders have been testing the results earlier than the brand new updates hit within the subsequent few months.
This has occurred earlier than. When browsers hit two digit model numbers a little bit over 12 years in the past, some web sites could not deal with it both. It was a mini Y2K for browsers and apparently some websites did not plan for this to occur once more.
Firefox and Chrome have plans to keep away from any catastrophic points although. Firefox, as detailed in a blog post, will simply deceive browsers about its model quantity or lock the browser to model 99 for everybody as they check different strategies. Chrome plans to freeze the main model quantity at 99 after which sneak within the precise model quantity within the minor a part of the user-agent tag.
Microsoft, nevertheless, hasn’t stated the way it plans to face any points with Edge’s model 100 outdoors of asking folks to check it on its update page.
Whereas the problems do not seem like widespread, it is nonetheless regarding that our entry to web sites can collapse if somebody counts to 100. You’d suppose after massive scares previously (which turned out to be nothing to fret about, by the way in which) we would be higher ready for giant numbers in tech.