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Re: Toward the self-describing web [was: Irony heaped on irony]

From: David Carlisle <davidc@nag.co.uk>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 20:03:30 +0100 (BST)
Message-Id: <200005191903.UAA14812@nag.co.uk>
To: jcowan@reutershealth.com
CC: xml-uri@w3.org

> Aha!  So *you* are the mythical Real User!  Are any of your documents
> available on the public Web?  If not, could you make them so, possibly
> with some of the content removed?

Well I only ever use relative URI in XSL stylesheets for the purposes
outlined in my last message.
I'm sure the archives of xsl-list will have examples (an embarrassing
proportion of that archive contains my examples:-)
Actually broken is too strong a word in this case as all uses are in a
single file so would still work if all made absolute, but my feelings
this usage would change and as i commented I would remove all such
relative  uri from my stylesheets if the namespace  rec was changed to
the absolute interpretation (or xpath implementations started to
implement the xpath absolute interpretation).

More broken would be my TeX based XML typesetting software. TeX doesn't
really believe in all this new fangled web stuff, and doesn't have the
faintest idea what  the base URI of its input is. So it could not itself
make relative URI absolute. I'd have to add a pre-processor to do this
although in practice I'd probably just not support relative URI in

I don't think I am your real user, and as I just noticed, I am not sure
Microsoft is either, but there must be someone out there, surely?

Received on Friday, 19 May 2000 15:04:38 UTC

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