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Re: Base URIs vs. Document URIs.

From: Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2002 09:21:29 -0600
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To: "Jason Diamond" <jason@injektilo.org>, <uri@w3.org>
At 00:16 2002 01 11 -0800, Jason Diamond wrote:
>If I were to define a function that resolved a URI reference, would it look
>something like the following?
>String resolveURI(String uriReference, String baseURI, String documentURI)
>I wouldn't have expected the third parameter, documentURI, to be necessary
>but Appendix C.1 of RFC2396 makes me think otherwise. The ninth example
>(where the URI reference is "#s") is resolved to "(current document)#s".
>This is unlike every other example where they are all resolved against the
>defined base URI of "http://a/b/c/d;p?q".

Right, and it has to be that way (despite the fact that some popular
browsers don't do this correctly) or you can't have both xml:base and
intra document links in the same document work.

>The document URI, if I'm not mistaken, is the URI of the document
>entity--this can never change. The base URI, on the other hand, can be
>changed by xml:base or HTML's BASE element, correct?


>Is there any way to resolve something like "#s" against the base URI and not
>the document URI?

I'd suggest that you shouldn't be calling resolveURI at all in the case
that the relative URI reference is merely a fragment identifier.  There
is nothing to resolve.

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