Monday, April 26, 2010

No More Http In Google Chrome


Many Internet users load websites by entering the prefix http:// and the URL of the domain in the address bar of the web browser. This is a standard that has been there since the invention of the World Wide Web. But http is in fact not needed to load websites. Removing it from the query will load the website just as fine. It reduces the time it takes to open a website as well.
The developers of Chromium, the open source browser project that builds the core of the Google Chrome web browser, have started removing http:// from the address bar of the web browser.
Even if users enter an URL with http:// it will not be carried over and removed instead from the browser’s address bar.
The http:// is hidden from the user’s view. Users who copy and paste an URL will notice that it will be added to the URL automatically.
All other prefixes like https or ftp remain untouched and are still displayed in the browser’s address bar. This is especially important for https connections which give the user a heightened sense of security.
A globe icon is displayed next to the URL now that visualizes the http:// prefix now.
The change is problematic from a usability standpoint especially since all other web browsers on the market display http:// normally.
Another issue that came up is that it is now not possible to only copy the host-name (e.g. as the http:// will always be added to the string when copied.
The change is only implemented in the latest developer builds of Google Chrome. The developers have however stated that they won’t revert the changes which mean it is likely to hit the beta and release builds of the browser in the near future. What’s your take on the change?

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