Re: Absolute BASE

Rob (
Thu, 26 Feb 1998 23:03:11 -0500

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From: "Rob" <>
To: Alex Fabrikant <>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 23:03:11 -0500
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Subject: Re: Absolute BASE

On 26 Feb 98, Alex Fabrikant <> 
  replied to:

> >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

Another use of base is to define the default target window. So for 
example, a menu frame can have

  <BASE TARGET="rightWindow">

which makes sense to the major browsers but of course doesn't validate, 
since the required HREF is missing. Well, one can put the HREF in there, 
but it's awkward when testing pages on a local machine or a mirroring web 

Which is why I suspect the question was asked.


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