WWW的出现带给人类巨大的利益，但互联网之父后悔的一件小事，让我们看到伟大的人可爱的一面，就是在http:// 后面加的这两个斜杠，他解释说，这双斜杠并不是必要，他很抱歉让大家了浪费在这难以计数的键入两个//的时间。该文中用括号注了现代浏览器一般都会自动加上“http://”，原文相关内容我已经用粗体表示。 别看就两个斜杠，一次键入也花不了多少时间，但是全世界数十亿人，那么总共花在这两个斜杠上的时间也是很惊人的。但是作为互联网之父，创造WEB给人类带来的利益是超级巨大的，本可以凭此带来巨额财富，但他全部放弃，他说：“This is for Everyone”（互联网属于每一个人）。这个他所后悔的事更加体现了他的伟大和可爱之处。
Any conversation with Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the Web’s bedrock software standards, tends to be fast-paced and nonlinear. When he worked at the CERN physics laboratory in Geneva, colleagues tried to get him to speak French instead of English, in hopes of slowing him down.
No surprise, then, that a half-hour dialogue with Mr. Berners-Lee, director of the World Wide Web Consortium and these days a professor at M.I.T., at a symposium on the future of technology last Thursday, fit that mold. I started, just for fun, with a historical question. If he were do it over again today, would he do anything differently? Any regrets?
Mr. Berners-Lee smiled and admitted he might make one change — a small one. He would get rid of the double slash “//” after the “http:” in Web addresses.
The double slash, though a programming convention at the time, turned out to not be really necessary, Mr. Berners-Lee explained. Look at all the paper and trees, he said, that could have been saved if people had not had to write or type out those slashes on paper over the years — not to mention the human labor and time spent typing those two keystrokes countless millions of times in browser address boxes. (Today’s browsers, of course, automatically fill in the “http://” preamble when a user types a Web address.)
With history dispatched, Mr. Berners-Lee focused on his current enthusiasm — getting more government data on the Web, in the interest of openness, transparency and efficiency. Mr. Berners-Lee is working with the British government in its efforts to do so, and at the symposium he cited some favorite examples of benefits of simple mash-ups like combining roadway maps with bicycle accident reports. The result, he said, helps bikers know which roads to avoid to reduce their chances of being hit by a car.
In a separate interview at the symposium in Washington, sponsored by the Finnish government and the Technology Academy Foundation, Mr. Berners-Lee said this was the year when governments around the world, led by Britain and the United States, are beginning to put vast amounts of information they collect on the Web. It is often seemingly mundane data in raw form, he said, including traffic, local weather, public safety and health data.
But the lesson of the Web, Mr. Berners-Lee said, is that making information and simple online tools freely available inevitably fuels innovation. If you liberate the data, he asked, who knows what applications people will create?
“Innovation is serendipity, so you don’t know what people will make,” he said. “But the openness, transparency and new uses of the data will make government run better, and that will make business run better as well.”
- 发表时间：2009-10-12 3:31 PM
- 原文标题：The Web’s Inventor Regrets One Small Thing
- 原文作者：STEVE LOHR