Sir Tim Berners-Lee, regarded as the creator/inventor of the Web, has apologized recently for requiring forward slashes in URLs.
Sir Tim stated that the forward slashes were "unnecessary" but "seemed like a good idea at the time." Now, 30 years later, he lightheartedly admits that he had no idea the slashes would cause "so much hassle."
Those who may have hoped that Sir Tim would get rid of the slashes will most likely be in for a disappointment. As the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, it appears that Sir Tim has no desire, or ability, to change the format of URLs.