Originally Posted by Mandi
Does this mean Safari is a Mozilla fork, since it reports under that category? Or am I mixing metaphors again?
No, Safari is a distinct entity, but its user agent string reads like a web browser genealogy chart.
Almost every browser calls itself "Mozilla" (including IE), a practice that dates back to the early days when Netscape was the 800-pound gorilla of the internet. But Safari is actually a fork of KHTML, the Konqueror browser engine. Konqueror carried the Mozilla-kinship thing into the modern era by identifying itself as Mozilla/5.0
, which specifically refers to the Mozilla Project. This distingiushes it from IE, which even today is frozen in time as "Mozilla/4.0 (compatible ..."
Then they double-underlined the similarity to Mozilla with the "like Gecko" reference, as Gecko is the Mozilla layout engine. I'm not sure if that was started by the KHTML people or Apple, since it seems to have been in Safari from the beginning.
The operative word in Safari's case is "AppleWebKit." That
is what makes it unique, and any other application that uses WebKit will behave like Safari.