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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by cmost on Sun 18th Apr 2010 12:57 UTC
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I don't use Chrome/Chromium so I can't comment specifically on the browser itself, however, I can't imagine what difference it would make to John Q. Public if the "http://" were displayed in the address field or not. Most browsers will automatically fill in the http and the ".com" for you if you enter a partial address. People who are griping about this are the same people that would bellyache if you tried to hang them with a new rope!

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Creap Member since:

I think it's in the same path that's already been taken with "smart" permalinks. I once sat behind a (Swedish) user who noticed "default.asp" in the URL field and asked "did I do something wrong now, it says default something". Many browsers already gray out parts other than the domain name.

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

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Doc Pain Member since:

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

You already see such "shortened forms" in advertising material, and in germany sometimes on police cars, reading "" or something similar. It's obvious you can enter it exactly that way into the browser's address bar, but many browsers complete it to a full standard URI form, including schema, server, and maybe even page name (of the default page).

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daveak Member since:

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

NO NO NO and NO again.

Based of that line of thinking how about we just drop domains altogether and go with keywords like AOL? Wouldn't that be even easier?

Hiding http:// I can just about accept but not that. and are two different addresses they are not the same thing.

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Delgarde Member since:

Is it time to drop/hide www. as well?

No, because 'www' is part of the actual address - and aren't necessarily the same thing.

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