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RE: trivia, but it's a niggle

From: Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 29 May 1997 17:49:52 -0700
Message-ID: <7BB61B44F197D011892800805FD4F792A4C04A@RED-03-MSG.dns.microsoft.com>
To: "'Henry S. Thompson'" <ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>, w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
If on Unix, you would indeed say file:///home/ht/mymasterpiece.xml. If
on MS Windows, it would be file://\home\ht\mymasterpiece.xml.  Or at
least that's how I read the spec.

--Andrew Layman
   AndrewL@microsoft.com

> -----Original Message-----
> From:	Henry S. Thompson [SMTP:ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk]
> Sent:	Thursday, May 29, 1997 4:04 PM
> To:	w3c-sgml-wg@w3.org
> Subject:	trivia, but it's a niggle
> 
> Have you looked carefully at RFC 1738 lately (URLs)?
> 
> 1) There is no production there for URLchar.  If I had to guess, I'd
> guess we want the production for xchar (not helpfully named, is it?).
> 
> 2) There's not much there about relative references, is there :-(
> 
> 3) Unless I can't decode their semi-bnf correctly, the syntax we all
> use for file URLs is actually bogus, namely
> 
> file:/home/ht/mymasterpiece.xml
> 
> As I read the relevant productions, we should be saying
> 
> file:///home/ht/mymasterpiece.xml
> 
> Do we care?  Does anyone?
> 
> 4) Is
> 
> /home/ht/mymasterpiece.xml
> 
> a valid relative URL if the base is a file?
> 
> I.e. is <!doctype foo SYSTEM '/home/ht/xml/foo.dtd'> valid XML?
> 
> ht
Received on Thursday, 29 May 1997 20:49:58 UTC

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