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A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a short string of formatted characters that specifies a global, standardized address on the Internet. Its universality ensures that the address is the same the world over. Sometimes informally called a web address, the URL is the most common member of a broader group of Uniform Resource Identifiers, a generic term for character strings used to identify particular resources (e.g., webpages, electronic mailboxes, documents, downloadable files). URLs are the type of Uniform Resource Identifiers that define the location of a resource and the means of accessing it, usually through hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). URLs are widely used to find websites or webpages on the Internet: Web browsers typically show the URL of the page they are accessing in the ...

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