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RE: Some clarification on file URLs

From: Larry Masinter <LMM@acm.org>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 22:06:36 -0700
To: "'Israel Viente'" <israel_viente@il.vio.com>, <uri@w3.org>
Cc: "'John Cowan'" <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
Message-ID: <011b01c31f56$c122aeb0$b7422099@MASINTERPAD>

The 'file' scheme is terribly underspecified. Over the years,
various persons have volunteered to write an update.

Most recently, in March
Dan Kohn and Paul Hoffman volunteered to scope the work
and take on some of it, and on May 2
Paul said that it was on his schedule for "this weekend".

Perhaps you could help them. My suggestion for a writeup
of "file:" is that the document might

 - examine what various current URI interpreters do
   on various platforms
   (IE, Mozilla, Opera, Safari, Java, Perl on
   Windows 98/ME/2K/XP vs. Mac vs. Linux)

 - recommend common platform-independent practice

I think this is the most practical guidance to give.
It's not a good idea to try to get the browser makers
to change much at this date, unless the intersection
of 'what works' is empty.

A little Google searching turned up some interesting


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