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Re: Firefox:I get redirected to microsoft website when entering http//kernel.org or http//debian.org

On Mon, Aug 08, 2005 at 11:24:18AM +0300, Török Edvin wrote:
> First of all excuse me for cc-ing this to debian-devel, but I think
> this is an issue to be debated on debian-devel (besides being a bug
> report)

Why?  Did the maintainer ask for input?

> Try entering the following URLs in the location bar:
>  http//kernel.org
>  http//debian.org
>  http//www.getthunderbird.org
> Result: the user gets redirected to the microsoft website due to the
> I'm feeling lucky google search

> Solution: disable the default I'm feeling lucky search, or pop up a
> window asking if he wants to do the search and getting redirected
> (about:config, keyword.enabled->false, or change keyword.URL)

> This issue occurs each time a user forgots the : from http, and types
> http// instead of http://, firefox performs a google search on http
> and microsoft is the first, and thus we get redirected there.
> This should not be default behaviour.

I don't see anything particularly wrong with it.  People who don't
understand what URIs are will, IME, generally just type the domain name
without specifying a protocol.

People who understand what URIs are should bloody well be able to figure out
that they did something wrong and try again.

The fact that a number of these searches wind up at microsoft.com, though,
when doing a direct google search on the entered string does not, suggests
there is room for improvement in the auto-searching feature...

Steve Langasek
postmodern programmer

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