URLs Dissected (E)

http://www.aafp.org/afp/980415ap/alvarez.html
(URL for article by Jamie Alvarez on spinal stenosis, AFP, April 15, 1998)

Part What it is
http: "protocol" [1]
www server name
aafp name of organization
org a top-level "domain" name
afp/980415ap directories
alvarez.html file name (web page)

[1] You can use a web browser for things besides browsing the web! Other protocols supported by many web browsers include mailto for email, and ftp for sending or receiving computer files.
[2] Ugly, eh? When Tim Berners-Lee and friends built the web, they intended that these URLs never be seen or used by human beings. Alas ...

See also: Getting Used to URLs


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