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why www?

From: Ray Stell <stellr@smyrna.cc.vt.edu>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 13:16:56 -0500 (EST)
Message-Id: <9512131816.AA02784@smyrna.cc.vt.edu>
To: www-talk@w3.org
I guess I am missing something, but why do urls generally
contain the string www?

How doe the string help?  I don't see it.  I would
think it rare that a url would be used without http://
up front, so where is the functionality of www? 
Isn't http://www.whatever sort of like the Department of
Redundancy Department?

Forgive me, but it just looks like excess baggage, perhaps
there is meaning there and I missed the point.  It happens.
Ray Stell   stellr@vt.edu     (540) 231-4109     KE4TJC    28^D
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