Re: Absolute BASE

Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor (
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 20:00:53 -0500 (EST)

Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 20:00:53 -0500 (EST)
From: "Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor" <>
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Subject: Re: Absolute BASE

> >Any paticular reason for requiring the HREF attribute in the BASE element
> >to be an absolute URI?  Why not resolve a relative URI according to the
> >document's URI?
> That would be contrary to the purpose of BASE though, wouldn't it? BASE
> DEFINES what the relative URIs are based on, and make the href for
> *base* relative as well would pretty much defeat the purpose. 

I imagine most of the time authors would make the BASE absoulte.  One
case where I could use a relative base is the following.

My home computer is running a HTTP server (jigsaw :-) I copied one file
from one directory to another, but I want all the links to still work, so
I'd normally add a BASE element.  The problem is that internally my
computer has one name (eg, and externally it has another (eg so I can't give an absoulute URI for my base element,
becuase there are two possilbe machine names, not to mention the ppp name
isn't static. Ideally I'd like to add <BASE HREF="/original_directory/">

There may be other uses for a relative BASE as well.  I can't think of
them all.  Perphas the uses may be rare, but the point is that restricting
the HREF attribute in BASE to an absoulte URI gains nothing and loses a
bit.  So it would be better if this restriction is removed in the future. 

Russell O'Connor                 
"And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message"
-- Anindita Dutta, "The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy"