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Chrome May Drop the URL Bar

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the cleaning-things-up dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "There isn't much Google can still eliminate from the browser's interface. Yet Google appears to be considering a drastic step to free up space in the UI: It may simply kill the URL bar. Instead of showing the URL bar all the time, it may be hidden within tabs. There are some other features coming as well. For example, Google will allow users to be logged into different Google accounts at the same time, as long as you use those accounts in different windows."

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first (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261500)

bitch

Re:first (4, Funny)

AK Marc (707885) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261702)

First, you don't need to sign your posts "bitch." From the fact you were looking for FP, we already knew you were.

Also, even with a FP, you could at least say something just as inane but a little more on topic, like:

Instead of showing the URL bar all the time, it be hidden within tabs.

"It be hidden? What do we pay the editors for? It is hidden, or it would be hidden or something. Come on, don't we have anyone here who hasn't outsourced their job to Elbonia?"

But thanks for trying. It was a half-assed job that I wouldn't be proud of, but if that's all you have, then frame it and show it to your mother every time she comes into the basement to refill your Cheetos.

Re:first (3, Funny)

flappinbooger (574405) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261912)

how about "I accidentally the url bar"

Re:first (4, Funny)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261948)

Instead of showing the URL bar all the time, it be hidden within tabs.

Arrr! There be nothing wrong with this style of writing, matey!

Can't you tell pirate-talk when you see it? (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261992)

Come on, don't we have anyone here who hasn't outsourced their job to Elbonia?"

He's obviously an ex-pirate from Somalia, you insensitive clod.

I for one find it commendable that he gave up such a profitable yer risky profession of robbing people at RPG-point, to become a Slashdot editor.
I say we welcome him with open ar... Oh, wait... my bad. It's samzenpus. Nah... he doesn't outsource to Elbonia.

That's his high-quality work actually. Or low-effort work... depending how you look at it.
At least this time he didn't present "Google May Kill Chrome URL Bar" as "Google Executives Caught While Planning Murder!".

Who needs the URL bar? (4, Informative)

joabj (91819) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261522)

Let Google be your portal to the entire Internet! Sheesh.

Re:Who needs the URL bar? (5, Insightful)

devxo (1963088) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261576)

I bet phishers will love this feature...

Re:Who needs the URL bar? (5, Insightful)

NoZart (961808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261786)

You wouldn't believe how many people actually browse that way. I have seen my fair share of people that type URLs in the searchfield of their google homepage.

Re:Who needs the URL bar? (5, Interesting)

VanGarrett (1269030) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261942)

I used to think it was odd, seeing my supervisor do that at work, when I suggested a site to him which might not necessarily be work related. Some great time later, I realized why he did it that way-- If you type the URL into Google, it doesn't show up in the URL bar's history. This was before private browsing and that sort of thing started showing up, and while he wasn't too concerned about what someone might find if they pulled up the browser history, he didn't necessarily want everywhere he's recently gone to appear if someone just happened to sit down at his desk to use the web.

Re:Who needs the URL bar? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261944)

I recently taught a basic computing course and had one student in particular who insisted on doing that, no matter how many times she was shown the proper way to do it.

Re:Who needs the URL bar? (1)

xOneca (1271886) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261990)

In fact, you can go full screen on almost any browser and nothing but scroll bars are left (at least in Firefox)...

fight against facebook (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261534)

who controls the network? what's your access point? chrome or facebook? welcome aristocracy.

Really Stupid Idea (4, Insightful)

kyrio (1091003) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261540)

I guess the "Really Stupid Idea Department" really does exist because I can only see dropping the address bar as a time-losing feature. In Opera I have two horizontal bars, one for the menu and one for everything else (address, navigation, other buttons). Just make your UI extremely configurable, like Opera's, and you have no problems. I have my tabs stacked vertically on the left hand side. I can have more than 50 tabs visible, this way, with no downside.

Re:Really Stupid Idea (-1, Offtopic)

owlstead (636356) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261666)

Repair modding, read the article on why. Can we come up with an interface that allows to undo your modding without commenting please (and why can't I post anymore in different threads on the same subject?)

Re:Really Stupid Idea (5, Insightful)

pieterh (196118) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261706)

Did you RTFA? Stacking the tabs at the side is one of the layouts, and the "Address bar hidden in tab" Compact layout is one of four.

Actually I like the idea a lot, it's especially annoying on smaller resolution screens to lose space to something we hardly ever type or read. Sure, it helps people who know what they're looking for against phishing, but such people are unlikely to click on random emails anyhow.

Chrome has been doing a good job pushing browsers forwards, after years of bloat and slowdown, and I'm looking forward to what comes out of this.

Re:Really Stupid Idea (3, Interesting)

kubernet3s (1954672) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261918)

Pretty much every browser has a "fullscreen" F11 option, which hides the Nav bar along with any other pieces of UI. If you need to fullscreen a page to view it better, you always could. You can even navigate with keyboard shortcuts. Its nothing new, of course, but what it is is a forced configuration catering to a rather narrow set of preferences. It's certainly a valid configuration, but it looks to me to be one more example of Google trying to wow us with pointless configuration changes. This isn't going to make the browser run faster or cleaner, it's going to make some people happy because their choice of browser configuration comes out of the box, piss off some other people because their configuration is harder or impossible to set up, and irritate the ever loving shit out of tech-support guys who have to deal with hordes of people answering the question "what is the URL of X site you're visiting?" with confused silence. This is the no-caps-lock look-at-us-we're-so-crazy tactic all over again.

Re:Really Stupid Idea (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261746)

Opera is garbage. Are people here really stupid enough to use a CLOSED SOURCE browser? God damn, what a stupid idea.

Re:Really Stupid Idea (1)

NoZart (961808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261798)

go troll 4chan

Re:Really Stupid Idea (3, Informative)

Inner_Child (946194) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261972)

While I wholeheartedly agree that this is incredibly stupid, I have to wonder where all the ranting about this was a year ago when it was posted. [chromium.org]

(This [google.com] is how old these mockups are.)

Okay, I like my screen real estate... (4, Interesting)

guyminuslife (1349809) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261542)

...but that's going a little overboard. The one thing that you really shouldn't ever try to shuffle away on a browser is the URL bar.

I don't think that's something I could ever get used to.

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (3, Interesting)

geek (5680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261624)

AOL tried hiding addresses with their keywords and look how dumb their user base got. I still see idiot AOL users who have no freaking clue what a URL is.

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (5, Insightful)

netsharc (195805) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261728)

Eh, nowadays people just type what they want in the Google Search bar, remember the Facebook login debacle [uxmag.com] ?

On the other hand, URLs are going back to the AOL keyword origins anyway, look at this domains: http://nyti.ms/ [nyti.ms] , http://flic.kr/ [flic.kr] , http://youtu.be/ [youtu.be] . Yes, they're real. And yes, I hate them.

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (2)

Pharmboy (216950) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261758)

To add to your point, I can tell half the people I know, over the phone, to type in "www.whatever.com" in their address bar, and they don't get it.

No, the address bar, NO, THE ADDRESS BAR. THE TOP BAR. TOP!!! TOP!!! They don't fucking get it, and still say they need to go to google or yahoo to type in an address. My brother (who has a technical job, stringing network and cable tv cabling for the govt. for 20 years) kept telling me my domain didn't work. He was going to google and didn't see it in the listings, instead of just typing it in the address bar.

I'm talking about people who are otherwise, more intelligent than average. Yet AOL has managed to completely teach people what the internet is, in the most wrong fashion possible, so they will never learn properly.

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261862)

"Do you call directory assistance if you know the number? Then why do you google when I'm telling you the address?"

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (1)

dnaumov (453672) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261878)

Sadly this isn't limited to AOL users. I work as tech support in Finland and I see this daily. Come to think of it, I know what part of UI needs to be dropped - the search bar. That way people would MAYBE eventually learn to type URLs into the address bar and actually go to Google to enter search queries. Alas, this will never happen, because Firefox gets money from Google for people using their search. Ditto for Chrome.

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35262024)

(Google) Chrome gets money from Google for using their (own) search? Ok...

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35262028)

People are going to have to find another scapegoat for people being dumb. AOL is not the source of that problem. It actually never was.

mod up, must read FUNNY! (1)

tkprit (8581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35262000)

LOL! And for me these are people who didn't even have computers when AOL was out, but I guess the walmart specials come pre-loaded with crap start pages that are like AOL. And so you TEACH them what the effin addy bar is, even what URL stands for and how they can oooooh type in an IP number instead of domain name, and "they get it!"... but a week later they're STILL typing a URL into an "Ask toolbar" which came "for free".

Start pages should be BANNED.

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261760)

Those AOL users are so dumb they can't even distinguish correlation and causality!

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261960)

You're right, people being dumb is all AOL's fault.

Try again.

from someone who'd prefer status bar over url bar (1)

tkprit (8581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261950)

I have really gotten used to the way the status bar appears/disappears ON the website page; I didn't think I'd ever trust a browser that didn't have a static status bar to let me know exactly what was going on all the time, but the Chrome status bar is a winner imo.

I'm thinking the auto-show URL bar could work, esp if they incorporate it as a ghost image on the webpage like they do the status bar. (And if they completely FUBAR the thing, I imagine it wouldn't take long to get an extension that brings back the URL bar).

I'm just wondering where they'll cram the tool menu and the extensions that fit on the URL bar. I really like the translate tool within easy reach, and mail, voice, etc. Wonder if they'd auto-show w/ the URL bar when you get a push notification?

Re:Okay, I like my screen real estate... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261980)

I keep the address bar hidden on my Mac (with Safari), and wouldn't want it any other way. When I hit Command+L, the address bar appears, and it disappears again automatically when it's no longer needed.

Command+| (pipe-symbol) to hide the address bar

Lets go phishing! (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261556)

Sounds like a GREAT way to make phishing attempts easier

Re:Lets go phishing! (2)

SnoopJeDi (859765) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261608)

This struck me as an uncomfortable idea from the getgo, but I didn't realize why for a while until this occurred to me. I would be very uneasy not having the URL I'm visiting available at a glance. TFA suggests this layout would be optional, though.

Re:Lets go phishing! (3, Informative)

fearlezz (594718) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261790)

Indeed. Years ago the address bar was even re-introducted on popup windows to make it harder for badguys. I hate that it takes the space, but it is neccesary to protect users. TFA suggests it'll be optional to hide the address bar, I think it's just foolish.

Re:Lets go phishing! (1)

muindaur (925372) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261926)

Along with a good way for Google to get ad revenue from people using the search box.

GOOGLE SAID TO BE LOWERING THE BAR !! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261566)

News for nerds !!

As only samzunpuss can spin it !!

...not so bad of an idea... (2)

Daneurysm (732825) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261596)

I've thought about it...and at first I thought it was really dumb and going too far. However, upon further consideration I would certainly enjoy the smidge of screen real estate it would afford me. I would also like the further immersion it could provide to websites without the constant reminder that you are on some site on the internet. I also think that a simple key dedicated to calling the out-of-the-way address bar to attention would be fantastic....like...say...that useless windows key on every keyboard in my house.

Of course I would prefer this be optional and would expect that if I were to hover over a page element I would still get the file name and/or location/url etc.

Though as someone else mentioned I'm a huge fan of Opera because I can make all of this happen already if I want to....and I think that's why it's roughly only me and that guy using Opera.

Re:...not so bad of an idea... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261616)

IE and FF let you toggle between regular and full-screen mode using the F12 key I believe. What's wrong with that?
I don't care if Chrome removes the URL bar because I don't use it. I only hope FF doesn't follow suit. Some of the latest UI changes in FF have been disappointing.

Re:...not so bad of an idea... (1)

calmofthestorm (1344385) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261680)

I'm already annoyed at how hard it is to get at the menus in Chrome. This is just ridiculous. My screen is 1024x768.

Re:...not so bad of an idea... (2)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261708)

I've thought about it...and at first I thought it was really dumb and going too far. However, upon further consideration I would certainly enjoy the smidge of screen real estate it would afford me.

Learn to hit F11 and leave the STUPID ideas out of my browser.

Thanks.

Re:...not so bad of an idea... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261742)

I don't want to hit F11 every time I want to save screen real estate, that's counter-intuitive.

Learn to opinion, thanks.

Re:...not so bad of an idea... (1)

Daneurysm (732825) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261964)

I don't want everything to go away except the web browser, just the address bar.

Re:...not so bad of an idea... (1)

Patch86 (1465427) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261920)

F11.

On my netbook (small screen, etc.) I just browse in full screen mode most of the time. Mousing to the top edge of the screen brings my tabs and navigation bar into view, pressing F11 instantly brings me back to familiarity.

Obviously not an option if you have an ultra-large widescreen and use everything in windowed mode so you can make good use of your space. But then I don't see the handful of pixels taken up by the URL bar being in THAT much demand if you've got a screen like that.

Ummmm, no (4, Insightful)

geek (5680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261610)

Sorry but I don't like searching for every single thing when I already know the address. This is just dumb. Far too much emphasis place on searching these days. I rarely need to search anymore as I've been online long enough to basically know where most of the important stuff is.

Just an attempt to generate hits for google here. I dumped Chrome for Firefox the other day for reasons like this. Google controls enough, it's time to take them down a notch. They make some cool stuff but I'm not willing to tie so much into one company.

Re:Ummmm, no (1)

msobkow (48369) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261628)

While I agree that going through a search engine for everything is silly, I do know a couple people who already do exactly that. They never save bookmarks, because it's "easier" to make Google their home page.

Re:Ummmm, no (0)

retroworks (652802) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261674)

Were you the guy interviewed in the "Area Dad Just Wants Computer With The Basics" story I just read? http://www.theonion.com/articles/area-dad-just-wants-computer-with-the-basics,19195/ [theonion.com] Same site I read about the Apple laptop sans keyboard http://www.theonion.com/video/apple-introduces-revolutionary-new-laptop-with-no,14299/ [theonion.com]

Re:Ummmm, no (1)

shutdown -p now (807394) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261694)

They are not talking about removing URL bar, but rather about hiding it when you are reading the page. It would still be accessible.

Re:Ummmm, no (1)

Sam Douglas (1106539) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261772)

Or less cynically, an attempt to make Chromium support smaller/more compact displays such as on netbooks where users are less likely to accrue lots of tabs anyway. Combining the navigation buttons and tab list seems like a good way to save a bit of vertical screen space.

I assume there will be a way to bring up a URL entry box in that mode (F6/Ctrl-L).

Recent versions of Chrome hide the scheme from the URI (tech.slashdot.org/story/... rather than http://.../ [...] which makes it easier to see the domain name of the current site at a glance, and they use a different way of showing sites with a valid SSL certificate (it shows the owner of the certificate in a green box, or some serious warning for failed certificates. Looking at the images in TFA, it suggests it may still show the domain somehow for the current tab.

The Android browser approach of making the URI box at the top of the page once it has finished loading is an interesting move; maybe a similar thing would work for showing the domain name.

Re:Ummmm, no (4, Funny)

Sam Douglas (1106539) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261784)

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Sorry.

Re:Ummmm, no (3, Funny)

NoZart (961808) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261852)

Don't ever do that again.

Re:Ummmm, no (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261908)

All browsers that I know of have always had a shortcut key for opening an URL. I normally use this shortcut instead of having to take my hand off the keyboard.

I'm surprised the address bar lasted this long. It's the only application I can think of that works this way. If I want to open a Word document, I press Ctrl+O — I don't have a address bar where I type in the location of the file I want to edit.

Personally, I think the search bar should go away too.

Re:Ummmm, no (1)

maxwell demon (590494) | more than 3 years ago | (#35262006)

My main use of the address bar is to look at it, and see where I am.
My second most use of the URL bar is top use it for copy/paste of the current URL. There might be some menu option or keyboard shortcut for that, but why bother to search for it?

Great Idea (4, Funny)

Haedrian (1676506) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261620)

We at the National Phishing Association greatly support this suggestion.

People need to know how the sausage is made (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261698)

Bingo. The last thing the world/society/internet/economy need(s) is for another so-called convenience that actually just obscures for the tech illiterate the reality of what they are doing. People already can't tell the difference (functionally) between the address bar and the quicksearch bar, or whatever other space they careen through onto the web. Unfortunately, ignorance leads to suffering, financial or otherwise, as a result of scams, social engineering, and misinformation, deliberate or otherwise.

Re:Great Idea (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261726)

Between the URL bar and the status bar going away, the world is our oyster.

Same as find (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261634)

Find is already hidden away everywhere, but ctrl-f or / will bring it up as needed. So long as there's a fast way of popping the bar up as needed this should be no different. You don't really need the tabs either, ctrl-[shift-]tab takes care of that, but if you really want ALL the space both IE and Chrome go full-screen with F11. If you want it, it's already there. How much is this mode used?

Maybe this is misinformation (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261638)

in the hope that Microsoft will steal the idea and incorporate it into IE9, making it an annoying browser to IE8 users, instead of leaving the RC as is.

how about.. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261646)

How about making it so the download bar hides itself intelligently? Would save a lot more ui space than the url bar.

shooting fish in a barrel, again (1)

sribe (304414) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261648)

it be hidden within tabs

Well, me think that be bad idea.

Just hit F11 (1)

b00m3rang (682108) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261668)

If you want your screen wall-to-wall website, just go full screen. It only takes a second to switch back and fourth.

Minimalism taken too far (4, Interesting)

caywen (942955) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261676)

I understand the drive to minimize the UI in popular applications, but there's a point where it is taken too far. When widgets with intuitive functions start to have extra, magic functionality added on in order to get rid of other widgets, that raises a yellow flag with me. A tab, I get. A text box, I get. A combo tab and text box, hmm, I could get used to it, I guess. But taken too far, I can see UI's being without any chrome at all, and interacting with it becomes a mysterious combination of gestures, control keys, and hovering over the right places. I'm not a fan of that.

Mozilla already experimenting on this (5, Informative)

bmuon (1814306) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261682)

Mozilla already has a Labs project that goes even further by hiding ALL the UI and showing it only on demand. It's called Home Dash [mozillalabs.com] .

Re:Mozilla already experimenting on this (2)

bjartur (1705192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261740)

So does surf [suckless.org] , but using Webkit and integrating with your window manager - allowing you to group windows from different applications together.

Yo, we heard you like window managers (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261868)

So we put a window manager in your browser >_

Don't be idiots. (1)

TafBang (1971954) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261684)

It's not going to slow anything down... every time a new tab comes up you will be already set to type an address, so your excuses are invalid. I believe it will be more sleek and it says it will help with the processing and of course it will have a sleek eye candy look. I have every site bookmarked and rarely use my URL Bar. I'm usually linked to things or everything is a click away.

They already removed too much (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261692)

Their short status bar which hides long links already annoys me enough not to use their browser.

url bar and https (1)

pinkishpunk (1461107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261696)

Now we have spend years telling people to look at the url for https, to look there if the bar is green fro those extented certificates things, and now they want to do away with it.

Oh and that window that just totally locks up your browers, naa you dont want to know that url anyway, you are smart enough use another brower to get that.

Re:url bar and https (1)

jimpop (27817) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261824)

Telling them to look at the URL bar for https was just wrong, imho. You should have been telling them to look at the status bar padlock.

On the topic of determining phishing urls.... use the status bar before (pre) you click a link, don't use the url bar after (post) you've clicked the phishing link. O.o

Re:url bar and https (1)

pinkishpunk (1461107) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261936)

to do it right one would have to say look at the certificate, https:/// [https] was good enough to tell peopel not so much into computers, and it was always at the top, where as the padlock wasnt always in the same place.

Not in my config either (1)

skywatcher2501 (1608209) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261700)

In my Firefox configuration there's only the window bar and scrollbar, and if there's more than one tab open, also the tab bar. If I need to put in some specific url, i use cmd+L (on mac), for many other things I use Ubiquity as a highly functional CLI for the browser. And yes when I'm doing financial stuff i reactivate it for certificate info and such.

Re:Not in my config either (1)

bjartur (1705192) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261768)

I prefer sharing the title bar, and showing it only on demand. Having both a tab bar and a separate window bar seem pointless.

Authenticity can be displayed by coloring the scrollbar

Method in Google 'madness' ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261712)

Google will be hoping to default you too their search engine to type urls then yep as Google does best log it all for statistical purposes to further their own world domination haha! :D

No options. (2)

Beelzebud (1361137) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261724)

They really need to make Chrome more customizable. I like my browser set up the way I want it. I can do that with Firefox and Opera without any problems. However at this point you can customize IE more than Chrome. I wanted a simple button next to my address bar that gave a drop down bookmarks menu, and there doesn't seem to be any way to properly do that in Chrome, and the addons I've tried all end up trying to be way too fancy, and just don't do a simple drop down bookmarks menu like Firefox.

Between the lack of customizable options, and my paranoia about Google's privacy policies, I have just totally avoided trying to get used to Chrome.

Re:No options. (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 3 years ago | (#35262008)

Exactly. The lack of customization is the one thing keeping me away from using Chrome (or one of Chrome's alternate builds). Heck, IE 6 had more customization than Chrome offers. And it isn't even UI issues, Chrome seems to think that there should be no history options between save and log absolutely everything and super paranoid no cookies, no logs, no cache, mode. And don't even get me started on all the about:config Firefox tweaks that are unavailable in Chrome...

Look, if Google wants to keep their minimalistic look and feel thats fine. Just let us have the ability to customize it as much if not more than Firefox. Until that happens or Firefox truly becomes unusable, I'm sticking with it.

Bad idea (1)

zlogic (892404) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261730)

How are you going to determine that the website is youbank.com/creditcards and not yourbank.com.cr/editcards? For some cases the usual SSL padlock icon is not enough - some websites (e.g. Twitter) have no encryption and some sites have self-signed certificates.

It'll be interesting to see (1)

Aerorae (1941752) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261736)

Just how many people love it, and how many people will scream bloody murder to stop it

Give it a try (1)

Clsid (564627) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261752)

I believe it's a good idea and frankly I'm surprised with all the conservative comments to preserve the status quo. Even if you don't like it, give it a try and we'll see. There were some things in the past that I flat out refused on paper, but when you get to experience it everyday, changes your perception a lot. The iPhone did this in my case. I'll look forward to try this new Chrome feature.

Phishbait (2)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261762)

This is going to make phishing fraud worse, when people don't realize they aren't on the website they think they are.

I have seen this before (2)

ad.linux (1040260) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261766)

I'm posting from my android device and my browser (dolphin) is some what like that. I know it would have to be adapted to make it work in an desktop browser, but it may work. Let's wait and see.

No reason (0)

benmarvin (1457645) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261808)

It's understandable on a mobile browser where screen real estate is a premium that the URL bar disappears unless you're actively typing an address. On the desktop (or laptop) browser, it's not really necessary. If you're that hard up for a few hundred more pixel of space, just use Full-Screen mode in Chrome.

As it is supposed to be (1, Interesting)

FranTaylor (164577) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261810)

Finally after all these years the browser is feature complete!

URLs were never meant to be part of the user interface. They were always meant to be hidden. Look at them. Do you really think they were designed to be typed by humans? For further proof, read the historical notes from the w3c archives.

Re:As it is supposed to be (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261970)

Sure, I'd love to. What's the URL?

Re:As it is supposed to be (1)

geek (5680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261982)

Yes, they were designed to be typed by humans. That's why we have DNS, otherwise we would just use the friggin numbers.

i wish (1)

bball99 (232214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261818)

google would kill the insipid Home tab on the iGoogle page - or at least give users the option to do so

I hear they're removing keyboards from the CR-48 t (1)

elashish14 (1302231) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261822)

I hear they're removing keyboards from the CR-48 too and replacing it with a giant wheel.

Sometimes less is less (1)

unil_1005 (1790334) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261844)

less === less

less != les

Safari on iPhone does it pretty good (1)

AmazinglySmooth (1668735) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261850)

I like the way Safari on iPhone does it. The URL attaches to the top of the page and slides out of view when you scroll.

Console Browser "links" already does that (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35261854)

No URL-Bar. Just type "g" for "Go to" and you can enter another address.

Epiphany (1)

afranke (1400099) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261886)

Epiphany (GNOME [gnome.org] browser) already offers to hide address bar.

lynx? (3, Interesting)

jd142 (129673) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261892)

So basically google is making a version of lynx that will show pictures and text formatting? Oh, wait, even lynx has a basic interface that makes it, what's that word...useful. That's it. Chrome is already too minimal for my tastes. It's ok to have a few buttons up there. Honest.

What's funny is that we're seeing a reverse in computing ability. I remember back when a 14" monitor was standard. When we got those 17" crts(15.75" viewable) we marveled at the screen real estate. Now at work we have either dual 19" or dual 21" monitors. But the trend actually seems to be towards smaller screens. At our school, 99% of the students have laptops or netbooks with the same physical screen size as the crt monitors we trashed almost a decade ago. If you asked us in 2001 if we'd give up a 22" widescreen for a 14" or even 10" screen we'd have laughed you out of the building.

Just give in and make a tablet/netbook version of chrome and a full featured, full interface version for desktops and laptops.

Just stop it already (1, Insightful)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261898)

Mozilla and Google both seem to be on a crusade to completely fuck up their browsers and make them as shitty and useless as possible. I just don't get their mindset of constantly changing things, removing things, adding things, not to make them better, but to simply make them different. It makes sense for commercial products, whether it's Windows, automobiles or toothpaste, where you have to constantly get people to buy the latest version of your product in order to maintain your revenue stream. But for a product that is given away for free, it makes no sense.

Chrome vs Firefox (1)

syousef (465911) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261900)

Is it just me or are Google and Mozilla having a contest to see who can take their nice shiny browser and make the worst stinking piece of foul excrement possible in as few releases as possible? It's a fight to the bottom, i swear!

Ponies?! (1)

Torodung (31985) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261914)

If you look at the diagram in TFA, you'll see that the "URL tab" reads, google.com/ponies.

As a Slashdot reader, I therefore cannot take this article seriously.

Welcome to (2)

airfoobar (1853132) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261924)

paypal.c.om

one step further towards media consumption only (2)

grapeape (137008) | more than 3 years ago | (#35261938)

Anyone else find this disturbing, while I know there is a push to merge the web with one way media consumption like radio and tv but this is a bit much IMHO. No it wont hurt those that know better and have some tech savvy but for the masses its basically going to cause people to be led around the internet by the nose. I really dont want to see the internet become a corporate main street while the rest of things get relegated to red light districts and dark alleyways.

Maybe I need a foil hat but it just seems like ideas like the push to get a convergence device is more a push to get rid of the riff-raff (aka indie, amateur and non commercial) content on the internet, its as if the major media groups have recognized they are loosing control of their particular money trains and there is collusion between conglomerates of the past and the conglomerates of today to reduce the risk of the web allowing an equal presence.

2-character URL field (1)

CrowdedBrainzzzsand9 (2000224) | more than 3 years ago | (#35262026)

Leave a tiny URL field, a character or two. If someone types in it, pop up a full URL field. Best of both worlds, if you don't detest javascript.

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