Version 100 of Firefox, Chrome Present Y2K-Style Headaches for Browser Makers

The bump from two-digit to three-digit versions will bug out a few websites.

February 17, 2022

Chrome and Firefox are both about to turn 100, or at least their version numbers are, and that could spell trouble for some websites that didn’t prepare for such a high number.

It’s not exactly the fault of the two browsers getting older that will cause trouble. The length of the version number is at issue, several developers explain in a Mozilla blog and a largely identical Chrome blog. When users visit websites, their browser sends a User-Agent string that includes the version number for the site to read and identify the browser. But, there hasn’t been a standard specification for how browsers present and and sites read that version number, so the switch from a two-digit to a three-digit number will result in errors on some websites.

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