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URIs, URLs, Names, Locators and Links

28 February 2008 (Thursday)

I was about to write a quick post on why I’m fussy about what URLs look like (see below Locator + Name = Good), and thought there was an important distinction  between URI s/URNs and URLs. Then I googled to check my terminology and discovered that not only was I wrong, but it was hard to find a good succinct definition. I aim to clarify here the best-practice terminology of the basic building block of the web “URI” and the important notions of URI that are “names” (formerly URNs) and  URIs that are “locators” (formerly URLs).
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