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   Re: Case in SystemLiterals

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  • From: Chris Maden <crism@ora.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 10:04:29 -0500

[Ingo Macherius]
> So if interpreted as "file:" the above parses fine on Windows and
> fails on Unix. If the same pair of files would have been served via
> "http:", the error would have become obvious on both platforms (404
> File Not Found).

Are you sure about that?  I think that Windows servers will attempt to
find a non-case-matching file.  But in any case:

> Should XML try to overcome this (e.g. by requiring case-sensitivity
> in file:-URL, despite of the underlaying OS), or is this out of
> scope ?

It's out of scope.  Case screw-ups are only one way you can break your
URLs; I don't see why XML should try and define resolution for this
one case, *especially* since the rest of the language is case-
sensitive.  A very simple rule: "Broken URLs in XML documents are
broken."  I think we can all live with that one.

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