BACKSLASH BACKLASH

Irritating slashes in URLs a mistake, says Tim Berner's Lee

It has been one of the most enduring mysteries to have intrigued every web user. What is the point of the two forward slashes that sit infront of the “www” in every internet website address? 
    Tim Berners-Lee, the scientist who created the World Wide Web, has admitted his decision to include two forward slashes in internet addresses was a mistake. The // at the front of a web address was pointless and unnecessary, Tim admitted at a recent talk in the US. Tim, now director of the World Wide Web Consortium — which oversees the web’s development — that if he had his time over again he would leave them out of addresses. 
    “Really, if you think about it, it doesn’t need the //. I could have designed it not to have the //,” he said 
last week at the symposium in Washington DC on the future of technology, reports the Telegraph. “Boy, now people on the radio are calling it ‘backslash backslash’. 
    “Look at all the paper and trees that could have been saved if people had not had to write or type out those slashes on paper over the years — not to mention the human labour and time spent typing those two strokes millions of times in browser address boxes,” he added. AGENCIES

Source : Times of India

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