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Re: URI versus URI Reference

From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 13:14:33 -0400
Message-ID: <392EB0F9.626ADB22@reutershealth.com>
To: abrahams@acm.org, "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
"Paul W. Abrahams" wrote:

> ``A Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) is a compact string of characters that
> identifies an abstract or physical resource.  A URI is absolute, i.e., its meaning
> does not depend on the context in which it appears.''

The first sentence is true and useful.  The second sentence is false: a URI
*is* absolute, but is not therefore necessarily independent of its context,
as in the case of mailto: and file: URIs.

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