Berners-Lee 'sorry' for slashes (http://)

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  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    BBC.

    Damn pesky slashes!
     
  2. MadGoat macrumors 65816

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    if it wasn't on the BBC, I could have sworn that it was an Onion article.

    Slashes have never caused me any grief... yet.
     
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  4. maflynn Moderator

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    You know in the scheme of things, I've really not given the slashes any thought or regard.

    I'll accept Berners-Lee apology on the grounds he'll not do that again :p
     
  5. djellison macrumors 68020

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    It's the WWW that someone needs to apologise for - an acronym that takes longer to say than the words it's an acronym for.
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

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    He could be in need of a damn good slashing.

    </lame joke, just came to mind. seemed like a good idea at the time>
     
  7. yg17 macrumors G5

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    Apparently you've never tried to help out computer illiterate people over the phone ;)

    "OK, type in h t t p forward slash forward slash"
    "Is that the one above the enter key?"
    "No, it's the one to the left of the shift key"
    "There's nothing to the left of my shift key. I have a Z to the right but nothing to the left"
    "No, the other shift key"
    "What other shift key"
    "The one on the right"
    "So I type in h t t p z z?"
    "No, you have 2 shift keys, one on the left, one on the right"
    "On the right I have minus, plus and enter"
    "No, the right of the letters, not the number pad"
    "I think I see it. So that's h t p p forward slash w w w right?"
    "No, h t t p forward slash forward slash w w w"
    "You said forward slash twice, is that right?"
    "Yes"
    "Okay, I have h t t p forward slash forward slash w w w now what?"
    "Dot"
    "Type in the word dot?"
    "No, press the period key. It's the dot"
    "Where's that at?"
    "To the left of the forward slash"
     
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Never really thought about it until now. Apology accepted Mr. Berners-Lee.:D
     
  9. Tilpots macrumors 601

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    Thank you for that.:D
     
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  11. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    I can't honestly say it bothers me but then I never type it. A modern browser understands google.com means http://www.google.com
     
  12. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You don't even need to put in the .com in most browsers now. I just typed "overstock" into my address bar and got to the right place.
     
  13. Melrose macrumors 604

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    ^^ Some browsers still search from the location bar, though right? Do they check the dot-com first, or just go to the first "I feel lucky" domain? :confused:

    I don't mind the slashes, because as some have said, I never type them. Firefox does the CMD-Enter to add "www." and ".com" around a word, and simply typing whatevs.com is easy enough.
     
  14. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    never had any issues with the whole http:// typos, it's a fliud movement across the keyboard, even now i barely use it firefox allows for just typing something associated, like " hotmail " or photobucket and it'll find the link it thinks your after, which is usually the correct one ;)
     
  15. Angelo95210 macrumors 6502a

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    This man has kind of invented internet... or contributed at least. Gosh it's almost a God for me ! :D
     
  16. whooleytoo macrumors 603

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    heh :p That's why I always say "double u's dot...". Or "Wuh wuh wuh.."
     
  17. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    The article makes it sound like he created the internet, because everyone associated the term "world wide web" to the internet as a whole. Actually that was the name of the first HTML "web" browser. Just sayin...
     
  18. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
     
  19. ctt1wbw macrumors 68000

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    He created a web browser. The internet started as a DARPA communications network.
     
  20. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, this is the British spin on things. As far as the UK is concerned, Berners-Lee invented the WWW, or for that matter, the internet.
     
  21. dmmcintyre3 macrumors 68020

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    It's macrumors.com not www.macrumors.com. That's 4 extra charictors on there. My site never uses the www. variant. If you go to it with the www. it doesn't redirect to the non www. it just does next link.

    Who even started the whole www. thing anyway?
     
  22. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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    It's not a "spin" so to speak, just pointing out the internet as we know it today is down to the work of Tim Berners-Lee. He developed the first "web" browser for NeXT Step. Without which there would be no Mac OS X either!
     
  23. Signal-11 macrumors 65816

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    How is that not anything but spin? I'm not saying it's not true or that he doesn't deserve credit but between the pond and the channel, Berners-Lee gets more credit for "the internet as we know it" than he does anywhere else.

    I used the internet for a lot of things before first being introduced to http via NCSA Mosaic in 1993 (and hypertext long before then, back when I was junior high) so for me, the web is but just one slice of the pie.
     
  24. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    My first internet experience was on the Cleveland Freenet through an Apple //e with a green-screen monochrome display sometime around 1991ish.

    Soon after that our computer lab got their hands on a single Mac (a Mac II IIRC). I was totally blown away with "teh internets".
     
  25. Thomas Veil macrumors 68020

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    Wee Willie Winkie.
     

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