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issue-dbooth-9c: Base URI should only be required if needed

From: Booth, David (HP Software - Boston) <dbooth@hp.com>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 12:41:14 -0400
Message-ID: <EBBD956B8A9002479B0C9CE9FE14A6C202B16465@tayexc19.americas.cpqcorp.net>
To: <public-grddl-comments@w3.org>
Cc: "Jeremy Carroll" <jjc@hpl.hp.com>, "McBride, Brian" <brian.mcbride@hp.com>

This is a personal comment -- not on behalf of HP.  

As illustrated in the pipelining example at
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-grddl-comments/2007AprJun/006
9.html
it is important that GRDDL also work for XML documents.  Hence, the spec
should be clear that the lack of a base URI is only a problem if it is
needed (to resolve a relative URI) but not present.  I.e., correct and
complete GRDDL results should still be produced if there is no base URI
but all transformation tokens are absolute URI.

This is not currently clear in the spec.  In fact, the informative
"Mechanical Rules" seem to suggest that a base URI is always required in
order to produce GRDDL results.  

Here are some places in the spec where this comes up:
http://www.w3.org/TR/grddl/#rule_GRDDL_transformation
http://www.w3.org/TR/grddl/#rule_tlrel
http://www.w3.org/TR/grddl/#rule_metadata_profile_name

Thanks

David Booth, Ph.D.
HP Software
+1 617 629 8881 office  |  dbooth@hp.com
http://www.hp.com/go/software
Received on Friday, 25 May 2007 16:41:52 GMT

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