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Chrome published a draft of User-Agent Client Hints only a month ago. They are already moving ahead to deprecate user Agent string and saying "Where feature detection fails developers, UA Client Hints are the right path forward" (a thing that's not even a standard yet).

Safari has been very wary of this break-neck speed of how Chrome imposes Google's view of standards onto the world. WebKit team has even walked away from proposals when concerns were not addressed (sadly, I can't find the link in GitHub issues right now. Edit: [1]).

And yes, lack of manpower is another pressing concern.

[1] https://github.com/WICG/construct-stylesheets/issues/45#issu...

"Now I consider this issue as an absolute show stopper. I don't think we want to ever implement this feature in WebKit unless this issue is resolved."






And that is what I like about Safari, instead of blindly following every single proposal from Google. Many of them are not really well thought out.



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