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Re: URI vs Relative URI

From: Robert Sayre <mint@franklinmint.fm>
Date: Fri, 27 Aug 2004 12:45:36 -0400
Message-ID: <412F6530.3090402@franklinmint.fm>
To: uri@w3.org

In a message to atom-syntax@imc.org Larry Masinter wrote:

> Some people have been concerned about the community
> confusion on the terms "URI" and "Relative URI".
> The question is whether anyone thinks the document
> http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-fielding-uri-rfc2396bis-06.txt
> is not clear on the definitions of these terms and
> the usage of the protocol elements.
> If you have comments about that particular document,
> please reply to uri@w3.org.

It is not clear.

The statement "Relative URIs are not URIs" will sound like complete 
nonsense to most implementors. I didn't fully understand this 
distinction until recently, when an expert on the matter took the time 
to explain it to me.

Most people think an absolute URI is anything with a scheme and host (a 
fragment is part of an absolute URI), and, together with Relative URIs, 
they make up the set of URIs.

I noticed that the spec has clarified "common misunderstandings" in 
other areas. I encourage the inclusion of similar language for this issue.

Robert Sayre
Received on Friday, 27 August 2004 16:45:43 UTC

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