CNET GLOSSARY: Terms for the techie
uniform resource locator
The Internet equivalent of an address. URLs move from the general to the specific. Take this URL for a Web page, for example: http://www.cnet.com/Resources/index.html
The protocol used to access the server comes first: http://. Several different protocols are available on the Internet, including http (World Wide Web server), ftp (FTP server), and news (Usenet newsgroups). The domain name assigned to the IP address comes next: www.cnet.com. Then comes the directory on the server, in this case Resources; finally, the specific file for the Web page, index.html.
URL is either pronounced "you are ell" or "uhrl."
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