news: vs nntp:

Larry Masinter (
Tue, 10 Jan 1995 10:19:21 +0100

It's been a while, but I think it was a matter of keeping things
separate. "news:" could be implemented by any protocol at all, and
isn't tied to NNTP. However, once you start specifying a host and a
port, you really have to say what protocol you mean, too.