Google Chrome drops "http://"

OSnews points out that Google has decided to purposely remove the http:// from current development builds of its Chrome browser. The change was noticed when a user reported it as a bug in the issues section of the chromium Google Code page. A coder then responded that this is a new "feature" and not a bug. Many of the comments that followed were of negativity. People don't seem to be too fond of the http:// removal.

One issue that could arise from the omittance of http:// is that applications requiring this part of the URL will be left in the cold. However, Google is apparently taking care of by adding the http:// part to the clipboard for when you copy and paste URLs to and from the URL bar (still a work in progress). This is an interesting solution and it remains to be seen how effective it will actually be. So far, users are complaining that this completely breaks standard clipboard functionality, causing ill effects.

While Google might be leaving http:// high and dry, not-so-distant cousins, ftp:// and https:// will continue their welcomed stay in Google's speedy little browser. Many are saying that this is confusing, inconsistent, and should not be done. In any case, users rarely type http:// in the first place. Google seems to be feeding off of this fact. However, before such a "feature" can become the norm, the public (not to mention other browsers) will eventually have to accept it.

Chrome - No http://

Image taken from code.google.com.

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Quigley Guy said,
Making way for the google SPDY protocol?

Google clearly has its own agenda and they are pushing it with Chrome.

Edited by gonchuki, Apr 20 2010, 7:09pm :

It's not really dropping it, simply hide it, so the www. would still be there.


And yes those are config issues like u said.

Edited by war, Apr 20 2010, 8:36pm :

nMIK-3 said,
I wonder how they will handle https / prefix and the confusion this will bring to the security web-services.

Ops the smile icon poped up.. I mean https:// prefix

I fail to see a good and valid reason to not display HTTP:// it in the address bar.
However, if they were to remove other protocols like FTP:// and HTTPS:// and show them to the user using a colored address bar or icons or whatever, I think I may like that.

Also, they need to make it right when copying and pasting URL to and from other applications. I would hate to see the URL not being highlighted on other sites/editors/apps.

But removing just one is pointless IMHO.

ajua said,
I fail to see a good and valid reason to not display HTTP:// it in the address bar.
However, if they were to remove other protocols like FTP:// and HTTPS:// and show them to the user using a colored address bar or icons or whatever, I think I may like that.

Also, they need to make it right when copying and pasting URL to and from other applications. I would hate to see the URL not being highlighted on other sites/editors/apps.

But removing just one is pointless IMHO.

The point is http is the default show why show that to your typical user who does not have a clue what http is anyways. Just displaying the domain is cleaner.


Still show https and ftp since they are not the default and I agree with how it now is

JVF said,
I had been following this for a few days now, but just noticed that, while Google removed http:// from the Omnibox, it left in the last /. Why not remove that, too, if you're going to remove http://?
I agree they should remove the end "/" for being displayed to the user.

LGraves said,
Nobody types it in so why use it? Or why see it? It's Aesthetic to me but I appreciate it.
I agree, but on the contrary, why bother removing it if everyone ignores it anyway?

Instead, they spent time removing it from display (even if it was only a minute or two to change it) instead of time spent improving or adding new features.

Interesting that nobody types the http:// anymore. Seriously, nobody? Am I the only person on the planet that hits Win+R and types in a URL to launch a web site? For me, it's the fastest possible way to get to a site that I don't I have bookmarked. No matter what the current state of my desktop may be, I don't have to click anything--just win+r and my hands are already at the keyboard.

While the Run box doesn't require http:// for any address beginning with www, all other sites need it, so I've stayed fully in the habit.

Visually, having http:// in front makes an address look more balanced, anyway. The / at the end is just too jarring with the tiny www alone in front.

More importantly...why the heck did this ever come up? A crapload of us use the internet now and are familiar with http. It's zero learning curve. How is this a problem in need of solving?

This somehow reminds me of Fark headlines like "Scientists discover _____. Still no cure for cancer."

/still no cure for neowin's missing line breaks

They should make it so when you select the URL field, the entire URL shows, but hide the HTTP(S)/ at all other times.

i don't care what stupid defaults they come up with, where's my "about:config" page so i can tweak all settings to my liking?

I'm all for it. URLs are unnecessarily complex for no good reason. The www part could be dropped most of the time (even if the browser really uses it in the background - just not visible to the user)

James Brooks said,
What is silly about this is the peoples response. How often do you actually type http://
Wasted time adding a useless feature is the problem, not whether or not you actually type http://...

As far as I am concerned this should have been the standard way of operating since day 1. Of course, back then they probably have the foresight to know that http:// would completely take over and dominate. FTP and https:// have their uses but they are specialized. Let's not even bother mentioning the gopher:// protocol. Oops, I just did.

This is the stuff that makes technology "hard" for normal people. I mean, it keeps me employed so it isn't all bad but normal people shouldn't seed to see this techie stuff.

Well http:// is back in the latest built. Now if they had a option to remove it again. I liked the removal of the redundant info.

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