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59137280

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Why .co.uk and not .uk?

Why is UK still using a subdomain, like it's 1994?
For example, Ukraine dropped .org and now they mostly use simply .ua - so why UK not drop .co ??



wonko3fc
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UK

A good question. Here's a few more.
Why was the .co imposed in the first instance? Why is it assumed that .com is American by default and not .us?



jvmorris
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Actually, these are two different extensions (conveniences, actually).

.co and .com are typically used for commercial organizations, which are also expanded by others like .org (non-profit), .gov (government), and .net (which I mostly see associated with ISPs, especially e-mail sites). In the US, at least, you're now starting to see .biz for business entities.

.us, like .uk and .ie, etc., is long overdue and I'm glad to see it's now starting to show up, but it's still a 'geographic' indicator if you will.

There's nothing really that compels organizations to use any of these extensions and it's not unusual to find URLs that don't or that use non-standard extensions.

And yes, when the whole thing started up, vision was somewhat limited and there's wasn't a lot of presumption that the internet would become an international phenomenon. Sort of parochial, admittedly, since the Brits were very heavily involved in the initial standard setting.
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Given some recent news headlines, in case you missed it, there may be another good reason to use more "geographical" domains and stay away from the popular .com and .net arena:

»ICE Says it Owns the Web

A little cocky if you ask me.



jvmorris
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More than 'a little' cocky, in my estimation.

However, I usually get a bit better information from the Netcraft toolbar that I have installed on my browsers which routinely tells me the nation in which the site is at least registered (which doesn't always, even then, correspond to where it actually is).
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Joseph V. Morris


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reply to 59137280

said by 59137280:

Why is UK still using a subdomain, like it's 1994?
For example, Ukraine dropped .org and now they mostly use simply .ua - so why UK not drop .co ??

Because hierarchical namespaces are more useful than flat namepaces.

You can either throw all UK addresses in one big pile, or have a few somewhat smaller piles.

Do you keep all your files in a single directory?


wonko3fc
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said by dave:

Do you keep all your files in a single directory?



Yep! We all do C:\ - but I'm merely playing Devils Advocate

dave
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One of these days you're going to run into that FAT limitation of "no more than 256 files in the root".

(But 256 files ought to be more than enough for anyone)



wonko3fc
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He-he that's right up there with:

BG "Why would anyone want to exit out of Windows?"
Journo "So why is Windows supplied with an exit button then?"