It depends on the browser... Some browsers will try the URL you put in. If not found, it will try again prepending "www." Makes two DNS calls. -- Bruce A. McIntyre ISS Group (http://www.issgroup.net) Shaping Visions into Solutions bmcintyre at issgroup.net V: 215.942.4718 F: 215.942.4962 -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Paul Bennett Sent: Monday, January 24, 2005 4:45 PM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: Re: [thelist] www prefix is it necessary? my experience tells me that sites will not always work without the www. It's obviously some shonky dns thing (feel free to chime-in w exact technical details here) but I have visited several sites where trying the url without the www gets me a 'site not found' message. my 2c anyway.... Rich Points wrote: > Howdy, > I try to avoid using the www prefix when witting and talking about > URL's. As far as I know all urls will work without the www. > My question is why is this prefix used if it's not necessary? > > R > -- Paul Bennett Web Technologies Developer Eyede International Limited Level 1, 5 Bouverie Street PETONE PO Box 31 012 Lower Hutt Phone +64 4 939 8764 Fax +64 4 939 6719 www.eyede.com -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !