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Prior to Mac OS X, file URLs on the Mac always had the volume name as the first component of their path.

With Mac OS X (which is now based on UNIX), Apple standardized on the convention of using the UNIX path (just as file URLs worked on the NeXT platform, where the web was invented). Of course, many older applications still use the older file URL format, so most web browsers have to be prepared to accept either format.

This is currently broken in OmniWeb 5.5, because the code we were using to detect this in OmniWeb 5.1 is no longer being used. (It's part of the code we retired when switching to WebKit.)

Thanks for pointing out the issue!