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Re: Resolving IRIs for resource documents in SVG Tiny 1.2

From: Robert O'Callahan <robert@ocallahan.org>
Date: Thu, 15 May 2008 23:49:35 -0700
Message-ID: <11e306600805152349o480594eeg7db7cb418778b0d3@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Helder Magalhães" <helder.magalhaes@gmail.com>
Cc: www-svg <www-svg@w3.org>
On Thu, May 15, 2008 at 5:15 PM, Helder Magalhães <
helder.magalhaes@gmail.com> wrote:

> > This seems to imply that if I have a document that contains many resource
> > references with the same relative URI, I have to perform an HTTP
> transaction
> > for each one to see if any of them result in a redirect. Wouldn't it make
> a
> > lot more sense to use the pre-redirect URI as the dictionary key, so I
> can
> > avoid a lot of network transactions?
> Although at a first glance I was tempted to agree with you, after a
> more through analysis I believe the behavior proposed by the
> specification is probably the more appropriate. In a stateless,
> non-persistent process, your approach seems to make more sense but, if
> one uses an gateway-like URI which is redirected to a final location
> depending on state, than this can become problematic. Note that this
> is labeled "counterexample", not to be taken as an good/advised URI
> usage pattern (at all)! :-)

I don't understand this at all. No-one could write a reliable application
that depends on some loads of a resource URI returning one redirect and
other loads of the same resource URI *from the same controlling document*
returning a different redirect, because the spec does not say when each load
happens (nor should it).

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