Why the slashes in http://?

by on 21/10/2009

The truth is finally revealed, the double forward slashes (the “//” in http://www.fitmltd.com/) do precisely nothing.

Tim Berners-Lee, commonly credited with creating the Internet has confessed all. He has told the New York Times that the double slash was unnecessary, and that he could easily have designed web addresses to not include them. He had no idea that it would cause “so much hassle”!

Would someone volunteer to calculate the number of wasted keystokes this represents? And the ink used?

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