Re: Firefox:I get redirected to microsoft website when entering http//kernel.org or http//debian.org
On 8/8/05, Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> 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?
No, it's just me who wanted a little debate on it.
> > 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.
I agree, but they can still misstype the URL, or the site may just be down.
> 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...
But they might end up anywhere, it depends what the user has misstyped.
And maybe the user isn't the one who has misstyped, maybe he is
following a link on a site, and the link is broken. Then he won't know
that the link was broken, because he gets redirected and maybe to the
There other issues with it: an auto-redirection shouldn't be performed
in the first place. If the user wants to do a search there is the
I shouldn't get redirected because I misstyped a URL (not only the
http://, other parts can be misstyped too). Maybe the site I am trying
to access is down temporarly, that doesn't mean I have to get
redirected to some other site.
My point is that firefox should at least ask the user if it wants to
auto-redirect, and it shouldn't be the default IMHO.
> Steve Langasek
> postmodern programmer
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