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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Just wrong.
by dpatch on Sun 18th Apr 2010 17:59 UTC
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Is the purpose to save 7 characters in the common case? Is that screen space so valuable? Why pick an arbitrary part of the URL? Why not hide trailing slashes? "www."? ".com"? File extensions? Why is any of it important? Remember that when entering URLs you *can* omit most of these elements, so you're not helping input complexity.

If you really want to hide complexity, just hide the entire URL bar by default. It's all opaque most of the time.

On the other hand, changing the semantics of fundamental UI interfaces (like copying some text and having the clipboard filled with something different) is just broken. So is requiring me to copy a URL to the clipboard and paste it somewhere in order to see the full text.

Of course, this is all much less significant if it's configurable.

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