lucy24 - 11:35 am on Nov 24, 2012 (gmt 0)
I don't remember Windows allowing four-letter string extensions until Windows 98.
Fortunately I have never needed to worry about That Other Platform's extension format.
:: snrk ::
Weirdly it's only in recent years that I've used extensions at all. I mean in real life, not on the web. It's part of that OS X thing. If I can't see the extension I don't know whethere there really is one, or whether the computer will try to open the file in ... well, I've forgotten it's name but it's some arcane utility that I swear I have never used for any purpose. Adding insult to injury, it will then tell me that application X can't open this file and in fact won't run on this computer at all. Well, I never ASKED it to open the file. Hmph.
Every URL request is rewritten. The default server action is:
RewriteRule (.*) /$1 [L]
It's hardly a great effort to alter that default URL to file mapping.
But you still have to take a conscious and deliberate action. With directory-slashes it happens without any human involvement.
Oh, and I guess it's time to put in a reminder that we didn't invent computers. For every 87-year-old getting their first tablet there's someone like my 81-year-old father who probably still speaks fluent Fortran though he hasn't had to use it in a good many years. You know the type: the ones who will happily spend two hours running up the code to do a one-time job that you could do by hand in 45 minutes.
But I still expect to see
:: exerting superhuman strength to turn back to thread's original topic ::
an extension at the end of a www page name. Query strings, no, yuk. But a modest html is always in fashion.