Google Removes http:// From Google Chrome Browser's Address Bar

Internet users often write 'http://' followed by the address of a site in the address bar or URL box. HTTP, an abbreviation for Hypertext Transfer Protocol (A protocol used to request and transmit files, especially webpages and webpage components, over the Internet or other computer network), is felt as no longer needed because browser like Chrome has made the 'http://' as a default in the URL box, so that http:// is no need to be included again.

URL (Uniform resource locator or universal resource locator; an addressing scheme used by World Wide Web browsers to locate resources on the Internet) is a series of characters according to a certain standard formats, used to indicate the address of a source such as documents and images on the Internet.

Later on, URL fields will no longer display the 'http://', so Google Chrome users would no longer see http:// and simply enter the site address directly. Besides the problem of space in the URL box, the inclusion of http:// also often considered as a problem.

As reported by Mashable, Monday (19/4/2010), this step directly get some comments from many readers on the Chromium wiki forum. "A lot of blogs, email and instant messaging software is quite dependent on the matching of http:// to auto-link URLs. Eliminates http:// will train users to slowly remove it, where it will have a negative impact on access to all sites," wrote one visitor in Chromium Wiki forum.

Google itself claims to have added the scheme to the user's clipboard when the user doing a copy-paste of the URL from the URL field. However, Google did not explain about the other protocol schemes like ftp, https, and gopher.

Not only Google Chrome, but Apple's browser, Safari will also hide the http:// feature in its browser.

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