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On all the browsers on my Mac, if I want to go to a www.some_website.com address, I just type some_website into the location field. Recently I discovered that if I want to go to a sub-section of a website, I can type some_website/subsection. As far as I can tell, this doesn't work in Internet Explorer for Windows.

[robg adds: I couldn't get this to work in Firefox (2.0.0.4), but it did work in Camino, Safari, OmniWeb and Opera.]
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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: deef on Jul 30, '07 08:49:19AM

Doesn't work for me at all.



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: matthewg on Jul 30, '07 09:09:19AM

FYI: this also works with the cmd/ctrl trick (hold down cmd on OS X or ctrl on Windows while you hit return/enter and it inserts the www and .com for you in IE and FireFox).



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: twins8791 on Jul 30, '07 09:06:40AM

i typed

espn.com/mlb

in the URL bar in Firefox. it went to the MLB section of espn.com.

but this is only because the default for the URL bar is to search i'm feeling lucky on google.



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: mustang_dvs on Jul 30, '07 09:38:49AM
This has been the default behavior of most browsers for years (going back to Netscape 4.0, if not earlier), at least on the Mac. (I had a period from 1995-2002 where I used a Windows PC 3 times a year, at most, so I'm not 100% sure if Windows browsers ever supported this.)

The reason, as alluded to above, why MSIE and Firefox (as of v2.0) do not adhere to this is because they treat the URL field as a search box if a TLD is not immediately identifiable, this despite the fact that both have location bar search fields. (MSIE has worked this way since Microsoft first intro'd MSN.)

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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: landis on Jul 30, '07 09:43:56AM

Worked for me in Safari.

That's pretty darn cool. Thanks!



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: morespace54 on Jul 30, '07 01:25:54PM
okay, mabye I don't get this...

If I type "espn.com/mlb" in the address bar, my browser goes to "http://espn.com/mlb/index";. Okay, the browser (Safari) add the "HTTP://WWW"; bits which is a usual default behavior for browsers.
Although, wouldn't the "INDEX" part of the url just be a http redirect set up by ESPN? That's pretty usual too. Like when you type "apple.ca" and the browser brings you to "apple.com/ca/"...

I think I don't get this hint

- Mr. dum dum

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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: barefootguru on Jul 30, '07 02:15:23PM

twins8791 has confused things, read the original hint again. In your case, just type espn/mlb



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: Fairly on Jul 30, '07 03:14:13PM

The earth species known scientifically as "homo sapiens" might be getting more "homo" than ever but that "sapiens" bit is conspicuous in its absence these days. Drink and be merry.



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: bailey_ca on Jul 30, '07 07:18:41PM

It depends on your DNS. At work, espn/mlb works for me. At home, no go.



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Quick browsing to a sub-section of a web site
Authored by: jeaginsky on Jul 30, '07 09:52:09PM

neat, thanks



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