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So: why doesn’t my web browser detect unlinked URLs in a page and turn them into links for me? Sure, sure, it should be an option I can turn off. However, I want to stop cutting and pasting stuff like For that matter, I wouldn’t mind if it picked up any hostname beginning with www — let it catch too.

Catching anything that registers as a domain name might be a bit much. On the other hand, perhaps it might be worth doing a DNS lookup and converting anything that returns. In a very optimistic world with sufficient computing power, you could do the DNS lookup, check port 80, and if there’s something responding then do the conversion.

Hell, humans are slow readers. Go ahead and fetch the page and cache it in case that’s where I want to go next. At this point you ought to be prefetching allll the links, though.

And they say there’s no reasonable use for more bandwidth. It is to snicker. You just keep precaching further and further out the more you get.


  1. It’d be a sort of “perma-net!” Or a “pre-net…” or “perpetua-net” or…God, please stop me!

  2. If IE adopted the initial suggestion, I have to wonder how long it would be before a significant portion of the new content on the web was declining to markup links unless they wanted to script in an irritating pop-up for that particular link.

    Actually, come to think of it, that wouldn’t happen – I don’t think there are any links left without irritating pop-ups attached to them.

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