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are many URIs ultimately relative? was RE: are 'cid' URLs relative?

From: Jonathan Borden <jborden@mediaone.net>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 11:11:36 -0400
To: <michaelm@netsol.com>, "Al Gilman" <asgilman@iamdigex.net>
Cc: <xml-uri@w3.org>
Message-ID: <000601bfc724$af3947a0$1b19da18@ne.mediaone.net>
Michael Mealling wrote:
> Sent: Friday, May 26, 2000 9:32 AM
> To: Al Gilman
> Cc: Jonathan Borden; xml-uri@w3.org
> Subject: Re: are 'cid' URLs relative?
> On Fri, May 26, 2000 at 09:36:00AM -0500, Al Gilman wrote:
> > At 10:53 PM 2000-05-25 -0400, Jonathan Borden wrote:
> > [sorry to have to belabor the correction of a minor red herring...]
> Not really. This actually applies to several URI schemes....

Ok then what about the "file" or "news" scheme as pointed out by Michael

> ... Another example would be two namespace
> names using textually equal, absolute URIs that are not globally unique,
> such as "news:ibm.aplsv" or "file:foo.txt". These URIs are absolute but
> globally unique because they depending on the associated newsserver or
> fileserver, and may be different when dereferenced by the same process in
> different contexts.

The point being that many commonly used URI schemes in fact employ context
information for resource resolution and are in this sense relative.

Jonathan Borden
Received on Friday, 26 May 2000 11:24:09 UTC

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