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Global network consisting of thousands of public and private networks of varying sizes; it is linked by a set of standard communications protocols.
uniform resource locator (URL)
All the data allowing access to a resource hosted by an Internet server (e.g., a Web page).
Part of the domain name that designates the country of origin or the category of organization (including government agency, commercial business and educational institution).
Part of the domain name that designates the server name.
Part of the URL address showing where the resource is located on the server.
Part of the URL address identifying the type of server. The best known is the Web server (www), which, as its name implies, hosts Web sites.
Part of the URL address specifying the name of the unit of data (file) corresponding to the chosen resource.
Group of letters specifying the way in which file data is encoded. For example, Web documents are generally written in HTML format.
Part of the URL address specifically designating the host. It must be registered with a domain name registrar.
Part of the URL address specifying the language used to exchange data. The HTTP protocol, which allows the transfer of Web pages, is the best known.