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   Re: file: URIs and MS Windows

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  • From: richard@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Richard Tobin)
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: 1 May 2000 22:58:10 GMT

Henrik Frystyk Nielsen <henrikn@microsoft.com> wrote:

>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").

Does it?  The only reference in 2396 I could find was this:

  The URL host was defined as a fully-qualified domain name.  However,
  many URLs are used without fully-qualified domain names (in contexts
  for which the full qualification is not necessary), without any host
  (as in some file URLs), or with a host of "localhost".

which I take to be saying that "host" in "//host" can be empty, rather
than that the // can be omitted too.

There ought to be a separate (short!) RFC for file URLs.

-- Richard
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