W3C agrees on new standard for URLs: New web addresses from 2013

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From 2013 there will be new web addresses. With this announcement, a W3C spokesman surprised the IT journalists gathered in Geneva for the W3C conference "The Future of the Web". The agreement was preceded by tough twelve-hour negotiations and until the end threatened the reorganization of the appeal of Google and Amazon to fail.

The new regulation foresees that the http protocol will be abolished and a new nomenclature for web addresses will be introduced from January 2013. Instead of "http://www.computerwoche.de" our address would thus be fully advertised in future as follows "fcbk: //fac.computerwoche.de". Thus, so the W3C spokesman further, the increasing importance of Facebook and the changed user behavior should be taken into account: "For the surfers of today, the Internet begins in Facebook, so it is a natural and logical evolution, other sides better with To network Facebook to allow the user such a seamless surfing. "

This is possible through the better integration in Facebook, which makes search engines quasi superfluous and accelerate the page view. In addition, the new protocol fcbk is more efficient than http, which pays off especially when mobile surfing with smartphone and tablet. For the conversion the W3C grants the providers a transitional period of one year. At the beginning of 2014, all DNS entries in the root servers must be adapted to the new address scheme.

  1. The first steps
    Administrators can already change their page to Timeline today. Just click on "Preview" …
  2. Just click on "Preview" …
    … already the page appears in a new guise. First, administrators should …
  3. First, administrators should …
    … customize the cover picture. This is the figurehead of the page. Also the profile picture has changed …
  4. Also the profile picture has changed …
    … it is only square, an elongated view no longer exists. The riders …
  5. The riders …
    … moved centrally from the left side to the middle and are now much more visible than before. In the left column …
  6. In the left column …
    … the own posts are displayed in chronological order. If desired, individual contributions can be fixed above. The administration area …
  7. The administration area …
    … is not to be overlooked, he takes a really big part of the upper half. Especially nice:
  8. Especially nice:
    Users can finally send direct messages to the site operator. This opens up completely new service possibilities for companies.

Most of the ITC manufacturers and providers welcomed the new regulation as it finally took account of the changed realities on the Internet. "We no longer live on the World Wide Web, but in facebook.com, " says the CEO of a mobile radio operator resignedly behind closed doors. Clear loud criticism came from Amazon and Google. Both companies see in the new regulation the betrayal of the idea of ​​a free, neutral and barrier-free Internet. That these two companies are against the new scheme is not surprising, because their business models threaten to swim away the cases.

On the other hand, the decision of the W3C was applauded from an unfamiliar direction. In Berlin, the new regulation was expressly welcomed. What seems strange at first sight, makes perfect sense: The Grand Coalition is thus one of their major contentious issue - namely the data retention. "Why should the state still save data, if in the future by fcbk protocol all the Internet sites of a citizen in his timeline on Facebook can be found, " said Justice Minister Leutheuser-Schnarrenberger the enthusiasm of the coalition. (Hi)