A Uniform Resource Locator (URL), colloquially termed a web address, is a reference to a
http://www.example.com/index.html, which indicates a protocol (
www.example.com), and a file name (
Uniform Resource Locators were defined in
The format combines the pre-existing system of
Berners-Lee later expressed regret at the use of dots to separate the parts of the
An early (1993) draft of the HTML Specification referred to "Universal" Resource Locators. This was dropped some time between June 1994 (RFC 1630) and October 1994 (draft-ietf-uri-url-08.txt).