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Scalable Human-Friendly Resource Names
September/October 2001 (vol. 5 no. 5)
pp. 20-27

Currently, Uniform Resource Locators (URLs) are used to name and access Web-based resources. However, URLs pose a significant scalability problem because they cannot be used to refer to replicated Web pages. The authors propose a new URI scheme called Human-Friendly Names (HFNs) to solve this scalability problem. HFNs are high-level names that are easy-to-use by humans and name Web resources in a location-independent way. This article describes a scalable HFN-to-URL resolution mechanism that is based on URNs and makes use of the Domain Name System (DNS) and the Globe Location Service.

Index Terms:
Keywords: naming, resource location, scalability, wide-area systems, DNS
Citation:
Gerco Ballintijn, Maarten van Steen, Andrew S. Tanenbaum, "Scalable Human-Friendly Resource Names," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 20-27, Sept.-Oct. 2001, doi:10.1109/4236.957891
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