Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 20:00:53 -0500 (EST) From: "Russell Steven Shawn O'Connor" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Message-ID: <Pine.SOL.3.95q.980226200012.22928Aemail@example.com> 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 rosa.vtl.org), and externally it has another (eg ppp13.granite.mb.ca) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org <URL:http://www.undergrad.math.uwaterloo.ca/%7Eroconnor/> "And truth irreversibly destroys the meaning of its own message" -- Anindita Dutta, "The Paradox of Truth, the Truth of Entropy"