Asked what he would have done differently in creating the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, says in this video that the double slash, the "//" after the colon in Web addresses, was unnecessary.
Berners-Lee was interviewed on stage by New York Times technology reporter Steve Lohr at a technology symposium at the Embassy of Finland in Washington on Thursday.
He makes his comments about the // issue at 3:30 in the clip. (He has spoken about the unneeded symbols previously.)
In the interview, Berners-Lee speaks about the importance for governments to place great amounts of data on the Web and the emergence of the semantic Web. He cites successful examples in Britain.
Started in 2004, the foundation awards a biennial
prize, titled the Millennium Technology Prize, to individuals, in the amount of $1.4 million, for
technology achievement which betters humanity. Berners-Lee was the first winner.
The other two winners are Professor
Shugi Nakamura of UC Santa Barbara (2006) and Professor Robert Langer of MIT (2008). All three winners participated in the symposium.
Here is the transcript of the Berner-Lee interview with PBS done on Thursday.
Andy Plesser, Executive Producer
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