It is spelled "URl"

by @edent | , , | 9 comments | Read ~364 times.

There are many sectarian divides in computer.

  • "Little-Endians" and "Big-Endians" wage bitter war against each other over the order of bits.
  • Should line in text files end with \r\n or just \n?
  • And both vi and emacs users fight betwixt themselves while ignoring the superior foe - nano.

Perhaps the most contentious of these is the battle between URI and URL. Should we refer to links on the web as Uniform Resource Identifiers or Locators? Obviously there is a correct answer - and anyone who disagrees is a heretic.

So, I've come up with a compromise guaranteed to annoy satisfy everyone - URl.

That's upper-case U, upper-case R, lower case L.


9 thoughts on “It is spelled "URl"

  1. Andrew says:

    ... Tabs -vs- spaces... ?

    1. @edent says:

      I just use ideographic space U+3000 for everything!

  2. Oliver says:

    “Lmpressive”.toLowerCase() 👍

  3. Reported and blocked.

  4. (RIP IRI)

    fwiw a while back I tried out the idea of renaming 'URL' to be 'Universal Resource Linker' or similar, to merge the two concepts...

  5. didn't WHATWG basically define them as synonyms anyway, and a bunch of that got carried into the HTML5 spec?

    ISTR that W3C and IETF have in effect diverged on the definitions as a result…

  6. Tim Lebo says:

    Yes. Yes. Yes!

  7. Tim Finin says:

    Brilliant! But we may have to choose our fonts carefully to maintain the peace.

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