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> There are many, many cases where UA sniffing is correct and required.

This times a million.

Browsers have tons of bugs/inconsistencies where knowing the browser+version is the only way to work around them. Even when browsers fix them, you need to keep the workarounds for people still on the older versions.

When I wrote a library that used the audio API, I couldn't believe the number of browser+version-specific workarounds I had to code for.

And it's not just "bugs" but things where the spec is unclear. I don't remember the exact specifics, but it was a lot of stuff like "if I send a pause command, will a stop event fire afterwards or a pause event or no event at all?" There were a lot of situations where there was zero overlap between browsers. Literally no choice but to use user agent sniffing.

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