Google Chrome has removed the “http://” component of URLs displayed in their browser, and no longer displays the actual URL, only the suffix portion of the URI. In the place of the “http://” text is a globe icon that has little function (you can click on it, but the information given is rather useless).
Sign this petition if you want Google to add a simple check-box in Chrome’s settings to allow us to display full URLs again.
Some people may be happy with this change. Others however like their internet browser to show the full URL, as they have always done. There are many reasons for this, some are:
Google made this change without any consultation of their users. When bug #41467 was filed on the topic, and lots of feedback was added by stakeholders in a very short space of time, the bug was quickly marked wont-fix, and set to read-only. Google did not ask it’s users first, and it seems it does not want to listen either - so lets make them listen!
As bug #41467 is marked read-only, the only official way to voice your opinion on bug #41467 now is to file a new bug in order to have it marked as a duplicate on the original bug (which will ping all the stakeholders watching the original bug). It’s worthwhile to keep doing this, to keep the original bug alive, so if you feel passionate about this issue, please do file a new bug and keep the feedback going (no need to write much, you can view some of the duplicates here for inspiration).
From a technical stance, this change violates RFC 3986’s own recommendations on URLs. For more info read Section 4.5 of http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3986.txt , in particular:
"Although this practice of using suffix references is common, it should be avoided whenever possible and should never be used in situations where long-term references are expected. The heuristics noted above will change over time, particularly when a new URI scheme becomes popular, and are often incorrect when used out of context. Furthermore, they can lead to security issues along the lines of those described in [RFC1535]."