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Re: URI versus URI Reference

From: Paul W. Abrahams <abrahams@valinet.com>
Date: Fri, 26 May 2000 13:47:23 -0400
Message-ID: <392EB8AB.880B6F2A@valinet.com>
To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
CC: abrahams@acm.org, "xml-uri@w3.org" <xml-uri@w3.org>
John Cowan wrote:

> "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.

OK.  Can you come up with a replacement for the i.e. that describes, in a short simple
phrase, what ``absolute'' means?   Or (this is the possibility I dread) is it the case
that we don't really know what it means?

Paul Abrahams
Received on Friday, 26 May 2000 13:47:38 UTC

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