Re: Articles and URL

Subject: Re: Articles and URL
From: Deborah Greenberg Lidl <dgl -at- BSDI -dot- COM>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 16 Apr 2001 16:27:07 -0600

On Mon, Apr 16, 2001 at 03:43:31PM -0500, Jessica Pease said:
> Most people I know choose the preceding article for an acronym based on the
> pronunciation of the acronym. What about in the case of the acronym "URL?" I
> have heard it pronounced "Ewe Are El," and "Earl." So, would you use
> "an URL," or "a URL?" I know this is trivial but I've had to use this
> construction in documentation and I've done it both ways and someone
> invariably pointed out my error either way. I'd like to be able to say
> something like, "the majority of technical communcators choose to do it like
> so."

Checking the request for comments (RFC) that defines the concepts of
the uniform resource locator (URL), I find:

A URN differs from a URL in that

I found the RFC on the IETF Web site:

Personally, I prefer "a URL." So, I am quite pleased that the fine
folks who wrote the RFC agreed with me.

Debbie Lidl
Deborah Greenberg Lidl Toll free: 1.888.849.BSDi
dgl -at- bsdi -dot- com BSDi Phone: 1.301.765.7945 Fax: 1.301.765.7946


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