Usenet is the infrastructure that delivers newsgroups to your computer. Usenet is to newsgroups as the Internet is to Web sites.
From Eric Jarvis (15 April 2002, [comp.infosystems.www.authoring.html]):
Jukka Korpela has some [interesting material on Usenet].
[RCS - Random Capitalization Syndrome]?
(Since this Wiki and your lousy browser (louser?) don't handle URNs, get [NNTP at IETF], [NNTP from the RFC Editor], or [NNTP at ISI].) (I know, that's totally focused on the United States of America, so go find your nearby [RFC repository]?.)
This isn't accurate. Both scheme?s exist, so I can have
I believe that at the time of writing, September 2003, the "news" scheme? is more widely supported than the "nntp" scheme?, with the latter falling out of use.
And, to add to the fun, that's not even allowed! Whoopee! "Uniform Resource Locators (URL)", RFC? 1738 (<urn:ietf:rfc:1738>), published December 1994, is the only finalized and public specification of the "news" and "nntp" scheme?s. The allowed syntax is
Note: a percent sign ("%") in a message ID must be escaped for use in a URI?. So, if you want to refer to a message that bears the field
Only "nntp" URLs may include server information:
Why the two scheme?s? The "news" scheme? is a generalist: use any server you find handy, and any protocol, for that matter. Heck, dig the message out of your local filesystem if you can. In this respect "news" URI?s are like URN?s. The "nntp" scheme? is more rigid: go to this particular server using the NNTP.
There is an expired [Internet Draft]?, slightly misnamed ["The 'news' URL scheme"], that set out to redefine the "news" and "nntp" scheme?s and to define the "snews" scheme?. These redefinitions allow server information in a "news" URI?. urn:ietf:id:draft-gilman-news-url-01
The Usenet is now also being used to carry a lot of [usenet binaries]. These include images, video, mp3 and software content.
Oh and one last note: USENET or Usenet? Doesn't matter, as far as I (Etan Wexler) can tell. But don't write "UseNet".