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The URL Standard defines URLs, domains, IP addresses, the
application/x-www-form-urlencoded format, and their API.
Status Update (March 2017): The links to the RFCs below were fixed in-place on March 7 2017: they were pointing to missing internal anchors, and were fixed to link directly to the RFCs.
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Note:URLs can be used in numerous different manners, in many differing contexts. For the purpose of producing strict URLs one may wish to consider [RFC3986] [RFC3987]. The W3C URL specification was aimed to define the term URL, various algorithms for dealing with URLs, and an API for constructing, parsing, and resolving URLs.
Work on this document has been discontinued and it should not be referenced or used as a basis for implementation. Please refer to the URL Continually Updated Specification for the latest available specification of this API.
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