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Re: why www?

From: Nick Taylor <taylorn@gb.swissbank.com>
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 95 19:28:00 GMT
Message-Id: <28605.199512131928@gpo.gb.swissbank.com>
To: stellr@smyrna.cc.vt.edu (Ray Stell)
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
Ray Stell said:
> Isn't http://www.whatever sort of like the Department of
> Redundancy Department?

I think you're forgetting about the other modes, ftp:, gopher:
etc. Without being able to specify the transfer mode, you'd
loose a lot of functionallity of your browser. 

The www bit is the de-facto way of ensuring that http requests
hit port 80 (or whatever) of the correct machine. It's also a
lot easier to remember www.swissbank.com than 
ln1d335uss.dev.gb.swissbank.com. And you can't have just
swissbank.com as this would point to a domain rather than a
machine, nor can you simply prepend 'www' even though this
usually is the hostname or alias of the web server, it does
not have to be. And if you have many web servers in a single
domain you'd be in trouble.

Regards,
Nick.

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Nick Taylor JFDI
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Received on Wednesday, 13 December 1995 14:36:41 GMT

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