Hi, I just downloaded opera 9 (am not familier with opera) and i noticed when typing a word with no extension or anything i.e mywidgets into the url bar u get to the actual site typed..same happans to ASCII and also to IDN domains. What is the point? as the only advantage i see is to the site owner..but alot of disadvantages to opera users..can someone explain the logic behind it? Thanks! Janochka
Firefox does this too. However, I notice a difference sometimes in the site you are taken to. I mean to make an article about this when I get time. Common words like "adobe" will always go to the obvious site, but other words must depend on who paid what to whom. :)
but alot of disadvantages to opera users
I see only advantages.
Don't forget you can also set up keywords in Opera and Firefox, to go straight to sites by just typing in a word you choose. Eg: "456" for the site 456 Berea Street.
Typing a word in the address bar and pressing enter (in Opera) would first look for a machine with that name on the local network and then would do another query based on the settings under the preferences (default: prefixing "www", and adding "com" as a suffix)
You can change these preferences Preferences (alt + p) > Advanced > Network > Server Name Completion
I beleive in FireFox, the default settings are to search for the query using google, in a similar fashion as the "I'm Feeling Lucky" Feature, hence the difference in results