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I'm sure this is an easy qusetion for anything who knows anything about PHP... but, I don't.

I want a PHP script that will display a different image (ie.png, opera.png, firefox.png etc..), depending on what browser the visitor is using.
I want the script to be able to identify 5 different browsers: IE, Firefox, Mozilla, Safari and Opera and I want an alternative image if the user is not using either of those 5 browsers.

By the way opera has a habit of spoofing itself as MSIE, but the user-agent string always contains the word opera somewhere.

This page has something similiar to the Javascript code that I was using:
http://www.quirksmode.org/js/detect.html
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Question by:porcupine
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by:Jaime Olivares
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You have to test User Agent environment variable:

$ua=getenv("HTTP_USER_AGENT");
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by:porcupine
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Yeah I know that, but I'm completely new to PHP and I don't know how to go about actually making the script.
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by:Jaime Olivares
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Something like:

$ua = strtoupper(getenv("HTTP_USER_AGENT"));

if (strstr($ua,"MSIE")) {
   $image = "ie.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"MOZILLA") {
   $image = "mozilla.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"OPERA") {

// etcetera
} else {
   $image = "other.png";
}

echo ("<IMG SRC='".$image."'>");
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by:Jaime Olivares
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Sorry, missing some parenthesis:

<?php
$ua = strtoupper(getenv("HTTP_USER_AGENT"));

if (strstr($ua,"MSIE")) {
   $image = "ie.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"MOZILLA")) {
   $image = "mozilla.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"OPERA")) {

// etcetera
} else {
   $image = "other.png";
}

echo ("<IMG SRC='".$image."'>");


?>


Just add correct search strings.
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by:porcupine
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The problem with the above code is that for example the Opera string is:
MOZILLA/4.0 (COMPATIBLE; MSIE 6.0; WINDOWS NT 5.1) OPERA 7.51 [EN]

Which contains "MOZILLA", "MSIE" and "OPERA"

So in Opera the image displayed is not correct.
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by:Jaime Olivares
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Just evaluate Opera first, IE second and Mozilla third.
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Try with:

if (strstr($ua,"OPERA")) {
   $image = "opera.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"MSIE")) {
   $image = "msie.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"NETSCAPE")) {
   $image = "netscape.png";
} elseif (strstr($ua,"MOZILLA")) {
   $image = "mozilla.png";
} else {
   $image = "other.png";
}

also you can use regex but will be a bit messy
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by:porcupine
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Yeah, that works perfectly, Thank you.
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