Google finally chops

Google has begun truncating the URL visible in Chrome for desktop and Android, implementing the change in version 76, released this week.

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Google has finally cut the & # 39; www & # 39; Chrome's address bar after delaying the controversial move due to a violent reaction.

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The move to remove & # 39; www & # 39; It was initially planned for last year, when Google announced that it would cut "trivial subdomains" of the address bar in Chrome 69.

Now Google has started truncating the URL visible in Chrome for desktop and Android, implementing the change in version 76 browser, released this week.

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By default, Chrome sites no longer display the "https" scheme or the "www" subdomain, with the address visible from this point. To see the full URL, users now have to click on the address bar twice on the desktop and once on the mobile.

Google has argued that the movement is driven by the desire for greater simplicity and usability of Chrome.

"The Chrome team values ​​the simplicity, ease of use and security of user interface surfaces. To make URLs easier to read and understand, and to eliminate distractions from the registrable domain, we will hide URL components that are irrelevant to most Chrome users, "said Emily Schechter, Chrome’s security product manager, at Chromium’s bug tracker.

However, the announcement provoked a new wave of criticism, by those who say the measure will confuse users and even potentially facilitate the involuntary connection to fake sites.

"Just when my organization is shifting to wider use of Chrome, this change is very unfortunate," one user wrote in response.

"It causes confusion because what the user sees as the URL in the omnibox is not reflected in the actual value when copied, does not match the SSL certificate and there are many sites that do not automatically assign the simple domain to www."

There are also some who claim that Google’s motivation to change the way the URL is displayed may make it more difficult for users to know if they are on a page hosted in the Google mobile accelerated subdomain.

Others have argued that it is a positive change, simplifying the browser for the large number of non-technical users and restricting the URL to the part of the address that is most relevant from the point of view of security.

Google says it has also built a Chrome extension that does not obfuscate the URL to "help advanced users recognize suspicious sites and report them to Safe Browsing."

Despite the violent reaction of some online, Chrome is not the first browser to truncate the URL in this way, since Apple's Safari similarly hides the full address.

The practice of truncating URLs in this way could be reaching more browsers in the future. Schechter says the practice has been incorporated into a web URL standards document published by WHATWG, a group whose members include the largest browser manufacturers, such as Google, Apple, Mozilla and Microsoft, and that sets standards for web platforms.

You can read more about the general features in Chrome 76 here or the improvements aimed at developers here.

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