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Text in the address bar of Safari 6.0 is displayed differently than in previous versions. Prior to 6.0, all text was black

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but in 6.0, all text after the domain is grey:

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Is there any significance to this? Does it correspond to some new feature of Safari?

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The point of this is to make the domain of the site you're visiting blatantly obvious. Many phishing scams will use URLs that look very similar, but not exactly identical to the site they're trying to mimic (using things like, for example, paypal.com.mysupersketchydomain.ru), and this technique (now used in most modern browsers) helps to mitigate that risk even for non-tech-savvy users.

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Sure enough, Wikipedia says this is what's going on (without citing a source though). But it strikes me as implausible that this has any effect at all, and can't be worth the cost to usability. –  raxacoricofallapatorius Aug 2 '12 at 21:46
    
I might add that Firefox and Chrome have both had this feature for a long time, and it's about time Safari caught up. :-) That and the omnibar... –  daviesgeek Aug 2 '12 at 22:34

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