W’s Matter!

It’s been a pet hate of mine for a while, but I’ve quietly seethed about it and nothings changed, so I feel it’s time to let rip; Do the BBC know *nothing* about the internet? Evidently not when almost all of there programs across TV and Radio fail to get the URI correct! If you’re going to say: “go to bbc.co.uk/news” then you have to make sure that bbc.co.uk/news actually takes you to the correct place. Spot the difference between these two:

  • bbc.co.uk/news
  • www.bbc.co.uk/news
  • Now the BBC might not think that a gaggle of www’s makes a great lot of difference to an internet address, but they would be wrong.

    It’s *such* a simple thing to sort out, they could either sort the servers our to accept addresses without W’s so that they don’t have to change all the promotional material, or they could make things even simpler and announce the address as news.bbc.co.uk which would act as a marker for each program and would make addresses easier to say – although the downside of that is you’d have people assuming they need to put a hoard of www’s in front of the address which would royally fuck everything up.

    While we’re on the subject of www – I think they should be referred to as a gaggle of W’s – what do you think?

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