A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is a string of characters identifying an online resource.

It consists of two parts: the scheme and the resource identifier. The scheme determines the resource's protocol, such as “http://” for webpages and “ftp://” for file transfers. The identifier provides the specific name or address of the resource.

For example, the URI “https://www.webflow.com/uri-example.pdf” has “https://” as its scheme, representing a secure version of the HTTP network protocol. The resource identifier — “www.webflow.com/uri-example.pdf” — indicates the name, location, and address of the PDF file. While the secure HTTP scheme and resource identifier combine to form the URI, this is a specific type of identifier known as a URL

URIs are different from URLs — a URL is a type of URI that identifies and provides access to an online resource. Consequently, URIs offer web developers a standardized method for locating and accessing files and webpages online. 

Visit the Webflow blog to learn more about URIs and other web standards to make your website more user-friendly and accessible to a broader audience.

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