Internet Resource Locator

Internet Resource Locator

Internet resource locators, described in RFC 1736, convey location and access information for resources. Typical examples of resources include network accessible documents, WAIS databases, FTP servers, and Telnet destinations.

Locators may apply to resources that are not always or not ever network accessible. Examples of the latter include human beings and physical objects that have no electronic instantiation (that is, objects without an existence completely defined by digital objects such as disk files).

A resource locator is a kind of resource identifier. Other kinds of resource identifiers allow names and descriptions to be associated with resources. A resource name is intended to provide a stable handle to refer to a resource long after the resource itself has moved or perhaps gone out of existence. A resource description comprises a body of meta-information to assist resource search and selection.

An Internet resource locator is a locator defined by an Internet resource location standard. A resource location standard in conjunction with resource description and resource naming standards specifies a comprehensive infrastructure for network based information dissemination. Mechanisms for mapping between locators, names, and descriptive identifiers.

Network-based information resource providers require a method of describing the location of and access to their resources. Information systems users require a method whereby client software can interpret resource access and location descriptions on their behalf in a relatively transparent way. Without such a method, transparent and widely distributed, open information access on the Internet would be difficult if not impossible.

ee also

Uniform Resource Identifier

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  • Media resource locator — A media resource locator (MRL) is a URI used to uniquely identify and locate a multimedia resource. It is used by the VideoLAN and Xine media players, as well as by the Java Media Framework (JMF) API. VLC, for example, supports the following… …   Wikipedia

  • Universal Resource Locator — Als Uniform Resource Locator (URL, dt. „einheitlicher Quellenanzeiger“) bezeichnet man eine Unterart von Uniform Resource Identifiern (URIs). URLs identifizieren und lokalisieren eine Ressource über das verwendete Netzwerkprotokoll… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Uniform Resource Locator — is an URI which also specifies where the identified resource is available and the protocol for retrieving it. [ [ RFC 1738 Uniform Resource Locators] ] In popular usage and many technical documents, it is… …   Wikipedia

  • Uniform Resource Locator — Le sigle URL (de l anglais Uniform Resource Locator, littéralement « Localisateur Uniforme de Ressource »), auquel se substitue informellement le terme adresse web, désigne une chaîne de caractères utilisée pour adresser les ressources… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Media Resource Locator — (MRL) est une chaîne de caractères utilisée pour identifier des ressources multimédia sur le World Wild Web ou en local (c’est à dire sur l ordinateur de l utilisateur). Le terme MRL est une analogie avec le terme URL (Uniform Resource Locator).… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • uniform resource locator — universal resource locator; URL An address for a specific resource on the Internet. The URL always starts with the protocol for data transfer (http for web pages and ftp for file transfer protocol). A web page has a URL of the form web site: http …   Big dictionary of business and management

  • Uniform Resource Locator —    Abbreviated URL. An address for a resource on the Internet.    URLs are used as a linking mechanism between Web pages and as a method for Web browsers to access Web pages.    A URL specifies the protocol to be used to access the resource (such …   Dictionary of networking

  • Uniform Resource Locator — noun A universal address for resources on the internet, which is most commonly used for websites. Syn: web address, URL …   Wiktionary