nelson(a)media.mit.edu (Nelson Minar) writes:
> >Why do we have to use URL syntax if it is inconvenient? Wouldn't
> >"/ftp:user＠host:/path/to/file" work, too?
> Personally, I don't find that any better than
> It even has the exact same number of characters!
> But most importantly, URL syntax is *standard*. Really, honestly, that
> does matter. The world has given us a standard way to name documents
> all over the Internet, with a variety of protocols. Every Web user
> understands it. Can't we please use it?
Well, backward compatibility also matters, and I'm willing to wager a
pizza that Emacs has had the "//" feature before URLs were created.
(I started to use Emacs 18.58 or so in 1991 or so, and it had this,
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