Source: The ABCs of IP Addressing by Gilbert Held (2002)


Most readers should be familiar with the entry of near-English identifiers, more formally referred to as Uniform Resource Locators (URLs), into a browser to access a particular Web page.

What exactly do they mean by that?

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    It means "names that are similar to English". But this just reveals the author's ignorance -- none of magyarhirlap.hu, asahi.com, aljazeera.com, arusharaha.com etc. etc. is "near-English". Do not use this term!
    – TonyK
    Nov 26, 2016 at 18:47

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I read that as almost English but it could be almost any language.

Without these almost lanugage identifiers, we'd have to type to visit Google.

I'd never heard the term before this question though, so I wouldn't think it very widespread.

The clue is in the context, where it says

more formally referred to as Uniform Resource Locators (URLs)

a URL looks like this:

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    I'm seconding the "I've never heard the term before" sentiment -- neither I, not any of the people I talk with regularly, have heard of it before -- and adding that you probably shouldn't use it. "URL" is basically universally recognized, so there's no point in trying to use another phrase that isn't anywhere near as common.
    – anon
    Nov 26, 2016 at 18:05
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    I suspect the author was trying to say something like "the entry of identifiers which are similar to a natural language such as English," not to invent a new technical term for "URL".
    – alephzero
    Nov 26, 2016 at 19:55

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