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Chrome 100 could be troublesome for some websites, but Google is working to fix it

Google Chrome has been out there for 13 years. The web browser is about to launch its hundredth version. Though it may seem like an achievement, for some websites, this new version could become troublesome.

Google won’t bring any massive changes in this new update. However, Chromium Bug Tracker pointed out that those websites which were developed through the Duda website designing kit will face issues and may not even work.

If the site wants to know the version of Google Chrome being used by their users, they can simply check it through the User Agent String. This thread is a chunk of text that gets attached to the web connection by the web browser itself, and as a result, that particular site can know the version being used. If this agent string is analyzed properly, some unnecessary code will be seen. Basically, this code is what keeps the browser compatible with different versions of Google Chrome.

At the end of the thread, the required information is encoded, which can tell the exact variant of the internet browser.

However, a problem arises when Duda developers try to decode the available info present in the string. This web kit is programmed to read the 1st two letters after "Chrome". In this scenario, version 100 will be read as 10. And since the system is programmed to block versions below forty, the misinterpretation of version 100 could lead to blockage.

The idea of leaving behind such old websites is also unacceptable. There are cases where websites that were launched in the 1900s are still visited by users. In order to make sure that no website is taken down or left behind, Google is planning to alter the position from where versions can be checked. The plan is to add the 2nd set of numbers as well, instead of just the first two.

However, a flag has been made that will be analyzed to see if using the 2nd set of digits could become troublesome for other websites. But, this is not planned to happen immediately and has been highlighted as a Plan B. The first plan to deal with the issue is to inform websites of the problems they might face through the 100th version.

A similar issue was observed in the United Kingdom's Yell Business, a website developer. But the developers worked to solve the issue and settled it successfully for their users. Google is hoping that they can work with Duda as well, and could find a way through which the issue can be prevented.


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