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RE: URL Expansion proposal

From: Paul <pwain@acorn.co.uk>
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 96 09:17:02 GMT
To: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <30FA1B8E@pwain@acorn.co.uk>
Ryan Grant wrote:
> 
> Anyone with Spry's Mosaic 95 can type "ibm" and see a web page.
> 
> Note that for any given "foo", "foo" is not and never ever will be a valid
> url, so this implementation trick does not conflict with the standards (nor
> should it be one).

If we are talking of tricks to make life simple, why not consider one
that in at least one WWW browser I know of. If you enter just the
host name as the URL (i.e. www.acorn.co.uk) you get pushed to the
URL staring "http://" hostname "/" (i.e http://www.acorn.co.uk/ and it does
add the trailing slash :).

This shouldnt bastardise things too much, and is purely a UI issue at this
point then? It doesnt need a new protocol and works in 'most' cases.

One thing that didnt get picked up by the previous debate was that it does
not allow for URLs of the form:

	http://www.brunel.ac.uk:8080/

i.e. including the port number? What does that become? IBMs server in 
Australia running on port 9999 becomes *IBM*au:8080? Why not just stick
with the URLs in the 1st place, they at least have some meaning after
all!

P.
(Not writing for Acorn, not working for ART).
Received on Monday, 15 January 1996 04:23:30 GMT

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