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    Is that a URL, URI, or URN?

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    Today I learned that I have been using the term URI (Uniform Resource Identifier) incorrectly. Apparently so many people misuse the acronyms URL, URI, and URN that there is entire blog posts out there trying to clear up the confusion.

    So why is this random piece of knowledge so important I felt like doing a blog post on it? Well put simply I believe that it’s important to try and learn all you can about your trade even those random snippets of knowledge that honestly most people will never need to know. Unless you deal with web based software or technologies that deal directly with internet protocols you probably will never care what people call that magic string of characters that takes you across the internet.

    Keeping that explanation in mind you should stop reading this post and have a glance at Daniel Miessler’s The Difference Between URLs and URIs. In case of link rot I have copied the image from his post below since it does a good job at summarizing what he talks about.