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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RE: Comment by Kroc
by btrimby on Sun 18th Apr 2010 14:54 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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I’m amazed it has stuck around so long. It’s an under-the-hood thing that has zero tangible quality to end users. It still annoys me massively that some sites require you to include the “http://” if you are giving a website address—it’s insane; how are end-users supposed to remember that garglemesh?

The http:// comes in handy when link-ifying arbitrary data. And, obviously, when trying to link to an https login page because some site offers both.

And, I suppose, they shouldn't remember it, should they? Instead they should copy/paste or drag/drop it. That's what I do.

I don’t think an icon is a solution either. http:// doesn’t /represent/ anything. It is the absence of encryption; at best. There are too many icons already in the browser and it would only serve to clutter the UI.

That chunk of text represents the scheme / protocol used. Except when it doesn't. In Chrome/Chromium dev builds. (And apparently some mobile browsers, where it hides it from view unless you tap into it)

The confusion with http:// and whether "www" is needed or not is so bad that advertisers have started to say “search online for ‘x’” instead of giving an actual web address.

My mother will type [enter]. Users are all over the place when it comes to something you have to typed. Guess what though? Not all sites require the www. Try to go to and see where it takes you. So the sites themselves can get rid of www from their ads if they want, except, of course, that it helps things look like an address to a web site.

I guess there's a silver lining though -- Maybe I'll hear fewer instances of backslash which should be slash. I genuinely wonder where that confusion came from. My first thoughts are the DOS/Windows path separators are to blame, but maybe it has nothing to do with that. Obligatory XKCD:

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