Web Inventor Admits // in Addresses Is Pointless

Berners-Lee wishes he could backtrack on backslashes
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 14, 2009 2:50 AM CDT
Berners-Lee regrets the huge amount of pointless keystrokes his backslashes have created.   (Shutter Stock)
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(Newser) – Ever wonder what the // in web addresses is there for? So does the man who put the forwardslashes there in the first place. "Really, if you think about it, it doesn’t need the //," Tim Berners-Lee told a New York Times reporter at a tech conference last week. "I could have designed it not to have the //," he said, adding that when he was creating the network that evolved into today's Internet, he had no idea how much impact his choices would have on so many people.