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  • From: Eric van der Vlist <vdv@dyomedea.com>
  • To: XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 19:22:20 +0200

Matt Sergeant wrote:
> On Tue, 11 Jul 2000, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
> > Matt Sergeant wrote:
> > >
> > > Can anyone give me a really good concrete use for relative namespace
> > > URI's, aside from saving a few keystrokes?
> > >
> >
> > Don't bite ;=) !
> > My point was just to ask people to acknowledge that the question should
> > be answered before a new recommendation is published...
> I thought my question was key to the point of whether your question should
> even be asked at all... ;-)

Outside the context of using URI references as unique identifiers for
abstract types, I think that the use of relative URIs is obvious (I am
using them in all my web sites).

In the context of identifying abstract types, it seems less obvious
unless some applications want to kill two birds with one stone and use
the URI to dereference a resource in which case we may have the same
benefits from relative URIs than above.

Some posts on the xml-uri list have also mentioned the possibility of
using kind of "local abstractions" (which scope would be private) which
could want to use relative URIs as identifiers.

> Like Simon was saying in his previous diatribe [1], that maybe we
> shouldn't be just inventing new uses of this technology without asking the
> question of "is anyone going to use it?".

Sure. Even if it's sometimes difficult to predict future uses of a


> [1] I hope Simon doesn't find this insulting, or I'll never get asked to
> dine with him again. See
> http://metalab.unc.edu/webster/cgi-bin/headword_search.pl?query=diatribe
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