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27 June 2011, 13:53

"http://" to be dropped from Firefox 7 address bar

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The Firefox developers have followed the Chrome and Opera decision to not display "http://" when showing URLs in the address bar. The modifications have just been made to the "nightly" development version of the browser which will become Firefox 7 later this year. The change is aimed at making URLs more readable. The changes to the address bar will also see elements of a URL such as "www." displayed in a lighter font colour. Only http:// URLs will be affected; like Chrome, Firefox will display https:// URLs in full.

Firefox 7 will also drop the trailing slash from URLs, but according to the commit only when this leaves the "root path"; any other path will retain the trailing slash. For example, would lose the trailing slash to become just while would retain its slash at the end. Firefox 7, which is expected to be released before the end of the year, will enter "Aurora" phase (alpha) on 5 July. Firefox 6 will move to beta on the same day.


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