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When do I use "www" or "http" in an internet address?

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harrysspot | Student | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 29, 2008 at 7:04 PM via web

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When do I use "www" or "http" in an internet address?

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amy-lepore | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 29, 2008 at 8:51 PM (Answer #1)

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According to an article on Wikipedia:

Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is a communications protocol. Its use for retrieving inter-linked text documents (hypertext) led to the establishment of the World Wide Web.

HTTP development was coordinated by the World Wide Web Consortium and the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), culminating in the publication of a series of Request for Comments (RFCs), most notably RFC 2616 (June 1999), which defines HTTP/1.1, the version of HTTP in common use.

HTTP is a request/response standard between a client and a server. A client is the end-user, the server is the web site. The client making a HTTP request—using a web browser, spider, or other end-user tool—is referred to as the user agent. The responding server—which stores or creates resources such as HTML files and images—is called the origin server. In between the user agent and origin server may be several intermediaries, such as proxies, gateways, and tunnels. HTTP is not constrained to using TCP/IP and its supporting layers, although this is its most popular application on the Internet. Indeed HTTP can be "implemented on top of any other protocol on the Internet, or on other networks. HTTP only presumes a reliable transport; any protocol that provides such guarantees can be used."

From this article, I understand that both are used to access a specific interlinked text document on the internet. Just use "www" if no specific text document is the goal.

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