Berners-Lee’s Biggest Regret? The Double-Slash

If you ask the general question, “What would you change about the Internet,” you’d probably get a plethora of responses, but the answer from Tim Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium and a professor at MIT, might surprise you.

The New York TimesBits asked Berners-Lee: If he were do it over again today, would he do anything differently? Any regrets? His reply: He would get rid of the double-slash that follows http in URLs.

He told Bits the double-slash was programming convention at the time but is completely unnecessary now, especially since most Web browsers automatically fill in the http://. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
Publish date: October 12, 2009 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT