Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 18th Apr 2010 11:57 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Google Now this is something that I find really interesting. We all know and love Google Chrome/Chromium (and if you don't, you're demonstrably wrong), but Google recently made a change in the developer version that ruffled some feathers: the URL field will no longer show the "http://". This made a lot of people very upset.
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About time!
by Zifre on Sun 18th Apr 2010 15:03 UTC
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I noticed this change a few days ago in the dev build.

I couldn't find any explanation with Google. I was thinking though, about time!

This is not about hiding complexity. This is about what makes sense. Chrome is a web browser. The normal web protocol is http. Leaving off http:// just makes things look less cluttered.

(I should note that I'm one of those people who hates it when we "dumb things down" for the Average Joe with an attention span of 2 seconds. Things should be done the right way - not the easy way. I believe this change is a step in the right direction.)

The really nice thing about this is that URLs don't get cut off as much. URLs are getting longer and longer - they are often longer than the address bar. The more you can see, the better.

Also, Chrome likes to not show you much of the URL in the bar that pops up when you hover over a link. (I really don't understand why it doesn't just use the full width of the window.) This change allows you to see more of the URL.

Also, I agree that we should just show icons instead of the protocol. My suggestions:

- a globe for http
- a lock for https
- a file/page for ftp

Edited 2010-04-18 15:07 UTC

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