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

* Steve Langasek (vorlon@debian.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?

I did not, he filed the bug a couple of days ago and I haven't been
able to respond yet.
> > 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...

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