“The URL doesn’t do this very well. There’s important security info in there, but it’s obfuscated by other stuff. We shouldn’t forget how weird URLs are. Just look at them. Weird delimiters. The order of specificity changes half way through… The browser doesn’t show the user raw HTML and expect them to figure it out themselves. I don’t think we should do that with URLs either.”
The new look being trialled, which isn’t switched on by default but can be enabled in the Chrome Canary beta version of the browser, only shows the name of the website. For example, visiting https://www.gov.uk/government/news/taiwan-travel-during-coronavirus-covid-19-information-about-available-flights-and-routes will only be displayed as gov.uk in the address bar.
This is in stark contrast to the vast majority of other browsers, which display the entire alphanumeric string.