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Re: Headsup on hCard profile xml:base concerns

From: Jeremy Carroll <jjc@hpl.hp.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Apr 2007 16:59:05 +0100
Message-ID: <462E2949.2050501@hpl.hp.com>
To: ogbujic@ccf.org
CC: GRDDL Working Group <public-grddl-wg@w3.org>, Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM

is a no-op.

i.e. its presence or absence anywhere within a document that supports 
xml:base should not change the meaning of that document in any way.

(obviously, it's presence can invalidate a previously DTD valid document)


xml:base permits relative references.


on the root of a document retrieved from
is equivalent to

the value "" is a same document reference.
The rules governing this, which are sometimes not implemented correctly are:

URI (without frag) + "" = URI (without frag)

URI (with frag) + "" = URI (without frag)

The other class of same document references are references consisting 
just of a fragment "#aaa", the rules above are sort of similar, if you 


However, I can change the code to not put the xml:base="" when there is 
no html:base. It's just it was easier to always generate it.


Chimezie Ogbuji wrote:
> As a result of my action of helping the folks at Semantic Conference
> Technology redo their schedule in hCard and vCard (I'm making good
> progress, more updates later), I came across a concern related to our
> recent conversation about xml:base.
> The problem surrounds the hCard profile
> (http://www.w3.org/2006/03/hcard) :
> In order to match a grddl:profileTransformation assertion with the
> profile URL as the subject, the result of applying
> http://www.w3.org/2003/g/glean-profile to the profile needs a 'proper'
> base.  When I run the transformation via 4Suite XML I get:
> chimezie@otherland:~$ 4xslt  http://www.w3.org/2006/03/hcard
> http://www.w3.org/2003/g/glean-profile
> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
> <rdf:RDF xmlns:dataview="http://www.w3.org/2003/g/data-view#"
> xmlns:rdf="http://www.w3.org/1999/02/22-rdf-syntax-ns#" xml:base="">
>   <rdf:Description rdf:about="">
>     <dataview:profileTransformation
> rdf:resource="../vcard/hcard2rdf.xsl"/>
>   </rdf:Description>
> </rdf:RDF>
> Note the xml:base="".  My understanding (and this seems to be the case
> with the underlying RDF parser - RDFLib) is that the empty string value
> becomes the hardcoded base instead of following the XML Base mechanism
> which begins with no base in the content (in which case the base would
> be the profile URL).
> Without xml:base, the profileTransformation assertion matches up, with
> it as an empty string, it doesn't - and so hcard2rdf.xsl is not applied
> against the XHTML document which indicated that
> http://www.w3.org/2006/03/hcard is its HTML profile.
> Perhaps I'm misreading this particular use of xml:base, but any
> clarification would help.

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