Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Why Did It Seem A Good Idea?

Web Inventor Admits // in Addresses Is Pointless
Berners-Lee wishes he could backtrack on backslashes


There you go, it seemed like a good idea at the time.
- Tim Berners-Lee on the backslashes

(Newser) – Ever wonder what the // in web addresses is there for? So does the man who put the backslashes there in the first place. "Really, if you think about it, it doesn’t need the //," Tim Berners-Lee told a New York Times reporter at a tech conference last week. "I could have designed it not to have the //," he said, adding that when he was creating the network that evolved into today's Internet, he had no idea how much impact his choices would have on so many people.

—Rob Quinn

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