When it comes to entering addresses in Firefox's urlbar, I experience two common issues.
The first detects every period that you enter as part of an address even if you want to perform a search. So, if you search for msconfig.exe, the url http://msconfig.exe/ is being opened which for obvious reasons fails.
There is a fix for that and it is easy enough to implement as you ca run explicit searches by starting queries with a period with a ?. If you search for ?msconfig.exe, Firefox will run a search for the term and not try to open it.
The second issue is about typos. I'm not talking about common address typos, such as ghacks.ne instead of ghacks.net, but about scheme typos.
If you type ttp://www.google.com/ then you get an error message that the address was not understood, even if if should be pretty clear which protocol you wanted to use.
Mozilla has corrected some of the issues that you may experience in Firefox 29. If you type the same query in the browser's address bar now, you will notice that it will be auto-corrected so that you land on the right page.
So what is being auto-corrected now, and what is not?
- ttp:// --> http://
- ttps:// --> https://
- tps:// --> https://
- ps:// --> https://
- ile:// --> file://
- le:// --> file://
Whenever you make a typo in the address bar that matches one of the strings above, you will notice that it is automatically corrected in Firefox 29 or newer.
Please note that this only affects protocol typos that you type, not links on websites. If a protocol typo was published on a website, it won't be auto-corrected by Firefox.
There is no preference currently that provides you with an option to turn this feature off. While there is little reason to do so for the majority of users, it seems to cause issues sometimes when you are redirected from ttps:// to a https website.
If you type ttps:://www.reddit.com/ for example, you will receive a certificate warning informing you that the connection is untrusted.
This does not happen if you open the url directly in the address bar.
If you are interested in how the developer came up with the idea, check out the blog post that highlights it.
The auto-correction should help the majority of Firefox users. While I cannot confirm that I'll benefit from this a lot, there may be others who do. I would like to see a preference added to the browser however so that it is possible to disable the feature.