Internet AddressingIn order that the user be able to access a particular piece of information on a specific server or be able to send E-mail to a person, a definite address has to be specified. The addressing protocol uses domains. A domain is a method of identifying a particular group of computers on the internet. The domain name forms part of the Internet address. World Wide Web addresses usually, but not always, begin with www. I will use the website at Fanshawe College in London, www.fanshawec.on.ca, as an example.
Take note that the various components of the address are separated by a dot. If the Fanshawe site were accessed, the address would tell the software that we were looking on the World Wide Web (www), for a machine called fanshawec, in the Ontario domain (on), which is in the top level domain of Canada (ca).
The following list includes many, but not all, of the top level domains.
E-mail uses a similar addressing system. My E-mail address is
Using this system of addressing, it therefore becomes possible for a
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