Re: Changing base URIs

/ Richard Tobin <> was heard to say:
|> I've been thinking about the extension functions proposal though, and
|> I don't see how it can work. All of our variables are strings. What
|> arguments does the function take?
| I don't think this is a problem: the argument is a node, presumably
| coming down a pipe to p:variable or p:with-option.  Typically it
| will be / (or ., or omitted) to get the base uri of the document:

Yes, that was a brain cramp on my part. Nevermind.

|   <p:with-option name="base" select="p:base-uri(/)">
|     <p:pipe .../>
|   </p:with-option>
| The first couple of function are straightforward:
|   p:base-uri(node n) or p:base-uri()
|     returns (as a string) the base URI of its argument n, or of the
|     context node if no argument is given.  It is an error [what kind?]
|     if the argument is not a node.
| We probably need to say what the base URI is of the "empty document
| nodes" that are the context node in some circumstances.  And is it
| possible for an implementation to be processing a document for which
| it does not have a base URI?  (RFC 2396 and presumably its successors
| make the base URI application dependent in some circumstances.)
|   p:resolve-uri(string rel, string base)
|   p:resolve-uri(string rel)
|     returns (as a string) the result of resolving the URI reference
|     argument rel against the absolute URI reference argument base.
|     If only one argument is given, it is resolved against the
|     base URI of the context node.
|     It is an error [what kind?] if either argument is not a valid
|     URI reference, or if base is not absolute, or an error occurs
|     in the resolution process.
| These functions correspond to XPath 2's similarly named functions.
| I suggested the use of a relativize function to obtain the final
| path component of a URI, but this only works if you have the directory
| part, and I'm not sure why I was thinking that would be easy.
| (Note that the base URI of is itself,
| not
| Does anyone know of an existing library that provides a function
| to get the last component?  In any case, it seems as if it might
| be dangerous to use it indiscrimately - what if the URL has an
| empty last component?

Java's URI class includes a 'relativize' method:

That might be sufficient. If you know the base URI, you can strip it
out. If you don't know it, or if you're wrong, then you get the whole

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