URI vs URL, what is the difference

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Written by Chris Hirst. Posted in Quick Tips on 11 March 2012.
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URI versus URL? What IS the difference?

Put simply, a URL is a URI that includes the protocol that it can be accessed using, for example, http://webmaster-talk.eu is a URL  whereas webmaster-talk.eu is a URI..

URI means Uniform Resource Identifier and URL means Uniform Resource Locator. The W3c  recommend using URI for technical documentation.

You can read more at the W3c website.

http://www.w3.org/Addressing/
http://www.w3.org/Addressing/URL/URI_Overview.html
http://www.w3.org/TR/WD-html40-970708/htmlweb.html
 

 


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