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When I develop websites, I sometimes submit POST requests with GET parameters in the URL. Naughty in standards terms, perhaps, but I use the POST data for internal information and GET data for the parameters I want the user to be able to see, edit and bookmark. I like seeing the URL in the status bar too - it warns me where I might be going. URLs, with their absolute addressing, offer reliability your Back button can't.I agree on your forecast though. When I was a kid, I knew all my friend's numbers. Now, they're all in my phone and I look them up by label. I think as we become able to label and trade URLs more easily, through sites like Google, dogear and del.icio.us, they will become less visible.

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Grady, I'm reasonably sure that I'm one of the least development literate of your readers, or at least those who write comments. Although you may find it inelegant, I find the ability to easily see those little bits of the skeleton which URLs represent quite useful. Here's two examples:When I'm reading something on a website or in a blog and wonder where a reference came from, I may not have time to click through the link to the next destination, but may simply want to know if it's a destination with which I'm already familiar or somewhere new. Being able to hover the cursor over the link and see the URL flash up allows me to do that. It also helps me to make the choice whether to click through or not. I like not having to click on any other buttons or change any settings anywhere to be able to do so.When I'm proof reading my own blog (and I use spaces.msn.com) after publishing to check if all of the links I've embedded go to the intended destination, I can quickly check the reason for negative results by using this feature once again.Oh, and I've just thought of another reason I like this feature. Similar to the serendipitous journey that blogs can offer as I jump from one blog reference to another blog, and to yet another and think along the way that I've discovered some new and exciting information, knowing the URLs (or street signs) as I'm making the journey can allow me to take some detours. I can also start chopping off suffixes (I don't know if there's a more technical name for them) from the URL and get into a shallower area of a destination website.

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