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path-abempty in URI

From: Tom Petch <nwnetworks@dial.pipex.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Jan 2006 12:50:03 +0100
Message-ID: <00f701c612b8$06a99fa0$0601a8c0@pc6>
To: "Larry Masinter" <LMM@acm.org>
Cc: <uri@w3.org>, "Salowey, Joe" <jsalowey@cisco.com>

I would like clarification about the ABNF in RFC3986.

My understanding from reading the text is that <path-abempty> exists to ensure
that there is always an authority between the // that comes after scheme: and
before the // that may start a path, so that
     scheme://example.com//a?valid=yes
is permissible while
     scheme:////?invalid
is not.  But the ABNF for authority is (selectively)
 authority     = host
   host          =  reg-name
    reg-name      = *( unreserved / pct-encoded / sub-delims )
which allows authority to be zero characters so that
     scheme:////SERVERA/////////////////////////?abnf=ok
where the path is //SERVERA///...
is allowed.

Comments?

Tom Petch
Received on Saturday, 7 January 2006 17:05:40 UTC

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