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Subject:Re: URLs to use in examples From:Mike Stockman <stockman -at- jagunet -dot- com> To:"Jennifer Delmerico" <jennifer -dot- delmerico -at- brokatfs -dot- com>, "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Fri, 17 Dec 1999 17:06:56 -0500
On 12/17/99 1:48 PM, Jennifer Delmerico (jennifer -dot- delmerico -at- brokatfs -dot- com)
>I want to use a URL as an example in my manual. I know I've seen
>discussion here about some "standard" non-URLs that can be used as
>examples without running the risk of using a real URL. Or did this just
>apply to IP addresses?
We had this discussion not too long ago, and I offered the following
>Just for reference, there *is* an existing standard for using example
>domain names, in documentation or anywhere else. RFC2606 (found at
><http://www.faqs.org/rfcs/rfc2606.html> among other places) says this:
>> To reduce the likelihood of conflict and confusion, a few top level
>> domain names are reserved for use in private testing, as examples in
>> documentation, and the like. In addition, a few second level domain
>> names reserved for use as examples are documented.
>>3. Reserved Example Second Level Domain Names
>> The Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) also currently has the
>> following second level domain names reserved which can be used as
>Given that these are reserved, they can (and probably should) be used
>anywhere you want to provide a domain name example without worrying about
>where it will take the user. Presumably, variations on these domains are
>safe as well, such as prepending "www" or "ftp" onto any of them.