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Re: #foo URI references

From: Norman Walsh <Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2003 09:12:51 -0400
To: Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org>
Cc: Graham Klyne <GK@ninebynine.org>, Paul Grosso <pgrosso@arbortext.com>, uri@w3.org
Message-ID: <873chejzjg.fsf@nwalsh.com>

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/ Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org> was heard to say:
| At 16:36 03/07/09 -0400, Norman Walsh wrote:
|>/ Martin Duerst <duerst@w3.org> was heard to say:
|>| 'varies with use' does not automatically imply we need more syntax.
|>| The two uses we know are HTML-like, where it clearly is a same-document
|>| reference, and RDF-like, where it is treated as being relative to the
|>| relevant base. These uses should be distinguishable by context.
|>How do you mean?
|>   <blort href="#foo"/>
|>Which context is that?
| The context given by the operation where this #foo is used.
| I.e. if somebody is clicking on it, or doing something similar,
| then there is no document reload, it's just a same-document
| reference.

Uhm, Ok. So suppose this element occurs in http://example.com/my/test.xml:

  <blort xml:base="http://example.com/other/file.xml" href="#foo"/>

To what does #foo refer?

| If some system is using the #foo for doing deductions,...,
| (sorry that I don't have an easy word such as 'click' available
| here) then the deductions are done on the absolute URI that
| results from combining the base and the #foo.

If I understand you, you're suggesting that if http://example.com/my/test.xml

  <rdf:li xml:base="http://example.com/other/file.xml" rdf:resource="#foo"/>

then I might make deductions about "http://example.com/other/file.xml#foo" but
if I clicked on it, I'd go to "http://example.com/my/test.xml#foo"

That strikes me as just totally wrong.

| This is actually not that far away from current ideal
| browser behavior. Some browsers have pop-up menus saying
| 'bookmark this link'. They of course bookmark the absolute
| location, not just #foo. When you click on the bookmark, you
| get to that absolute location. Later on, the bookmark cannot
| do a same-document reference, it then actually has to go and
| fetch the document.

Ah, yes, but continuing my example from above, per 2396 the absolute
URI bookmarked for #foo has to be http://example.com/my/test.xml#foo
irrespective of the base URI at the point where href="#foo" occurs.

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