Widely respected web creator Tim Berners-Lee wished he left out the double-slash

WWW inventor apologises for //

Tim Berners-Lee, the man widely recognized as the pioneer of the world wide web and its foundation of software standards, has revealed his one regret in the formation of web addresses: the double slash.

Berners-Lee, today a professor at MIT and director of the World Wide Web Consortium, told The New York Times that the double slash following ‘http:’ is an unnecessary pain. Even something he’d like to get rid of, if he could turn back time.

The NY Times wrote: “Look at all the paper and trees, [Berners-Lee] said, that could have been saved if people had not had to write or type out those slashes on paper over the years — not to mention the human labour and time spent typing those two keystrokes countless millions of times in browser address boxes.”

As tribute, PCR has listed the very first website ever created, typed below in the tree-and-time-saving fashion he envisions. We hope you can feel a difference has been made.


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