[racket-dev] Downloading DrRacket for Mac is hard?

From: Matthias Felleisen (matthias at ccs.neu.edu)
Date: Thu Aug 11 14:13:52 EDT 2011

I am happy to see that we are looking for solutions to a problem. 

I think we should use everything we can to make the best possible guess. Then we should use English language to inform people that we made a best possible guess and that there are alternatives. But this language must be extremely non-scary to BEGINNERS. 

On Aug 11, 2011, at 2:10 PM, Robby Findler wrote:

> I think that maybe, given this particular choice, it makes more sense
> to say, on the web page, "We believe you are on a mac; the 32bit
> version is the one you want, unless you're sure you want the 64bit
> version, which is here. other versions there" which a touch of good
> design and better wording, I think that would be better than relying
> on adobe not doing software development.
> Robby
> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:32 PM, Guillaume Marceau <gmarceau at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 1:21 PM, Robby Findler
>> <robby at eecs.northwestern.edu> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Aug 11, 2011 at 12:16 PM, Guillaume Marceau <gmarceau at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> In the ambiguous cases, you can get additional information by checking for
>>>> flash. Because Adobe doesn't support flash player on x64 browsers, if
>>>> detection is successful then it is definitely a 32 bit browser, if not, then
>>>> the request came from either a 32 bit browser without flash plugin or from a
>>>> 64 bit browser.
>>> That seems like an unfortunate thing to rely on.
>> Such is life in the stormy world of web development. Just ask Danny
>> about the ridiculous things he has to do to make WeScheme work on the
>> different browsers.
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