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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destroys copy/paste
by sdhays on Sun 18th Apr 2010 23:19 UTC
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If I select something and copy it, my intention is to paste exactly what I see. That's the way copying and pasting works on every platform and that's what users expect. If you take out the http:// to play hide and seek, you're left with a serious problem: sometimes you want/need the http://.

You can let the user figure this out and add the http:// when necessary or you can change the way copying works, so that Chrome's copy/paste works different from EVERYTHING ELSE UNDER THE SUN. This can be jarring to users, experienced and novice. And it only creates another problem: what if the user didn't want the http:// copied? Either Google comes up with some magic incantation that only power users will ever know or it just lets the user delete what they don't want after pasting a URL - hardly an enhancement to usability. One step forward (being very charitable) and two to three steps back.

I say, hide it when it's not selected and show the full URL when the location bar gets focus; I don't see how that doesn't solve 99% of everyone's issues. I don't need to see the protocol while I'm commenting on, but sure would like to have copying and pasting work the way I expect it to in all cases.

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