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   Re: file: URIs and MS Windows

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  • From: Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <henrikn@microsoft.com>
  • To: "'richard@cogsci.ed.ac.uk'" <richard@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 10:30:09 -0700

"Richard Tobin" <richard@cogsci.ed.ac.uk> wrote in message

> >So according to the RFC, the following are legal:
> >
> >file://localhost/c:/xml/xsl.bat
> >file:///c:/xml/xsl.bat
> I had always supposed (until I looked at the RFC) that things like
>   file:/foo/bar
> were legal, since that's what Netscape gives me on Unix when I open a
> file.  I can't find any justification for it; is there a generic URI
> rule anywhere that says a URI with no //host part is equivalent to the
> same with an empty string as the host?

The specification of file: is somewhat fuzzy - RFC 1738 has been replaced
with RFC 2396 which does allow the short format you have above (and which is
the one I like the best - it also works with "file:/c:/foo").


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