[rfc-dist] STD 66, RFC 3986 on Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax

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        STD 66
        RFC 3986

        Title:      Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax
        Author(s):  T. Berners-Lee, R. Fielding, L. Masinter
        Status:     Standards Track
        Date:       January 2005
        Mailbox:    timbl at w3.org, fielding at gbiv.com, LMM at acm.org
        Pages:      61
        Characters: 141811
        Updates:    1738
        Obsoletes:  2732, 2396, 1808

        I-D Tag:    draft-fielding-uri-rfc2396bis-07.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3986.txt

A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is a compact sequence of
characters that identifies an abstract or physical resource.  This
specification defines the generic URI syntax and a process for
resolving URI references that might be in relative form, along with
guidelines and security considerations for the use of URIs on the
Internet.  The URI syntax defines a grammar that is a superset of all
valid URIs, allowing an implementation to parse the common
components of a URI reference without knowing the scheme-specific
requirements of every possible identifier.  This specification does
not define a generative grammar for URIs; that task is performed by
the individual specifications of each URI scheme.

This is now a Standard Protocol.

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
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