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   Re: [xml-dev] Relative URLs using the file scheme?

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Hi Mike,

>I just read today that "SAX specifically disallows relative URIs." [1] %^}
Thanks for the link. Ok, so from what I can understand you can't specify 
relative URIs when parsing an XML document. However, this is not really 
the case for me. Here is the code snippet I'm using:

// Get an XMLReader instance
XMLReader reader = 
// Register the Error handler
// Set the features on the parser
noErrorMessage = setParserFeatures(reader);
// Create the input source
InputSource inputSource = new InputSource(new 

So, the data is passed to the InputSource object and then the systemId 
is set. Note that at this stage the fileLocation is an absolute path and 
NOT a relative path.

Now, if the data I'm parsing contains an xsi:schemaLocation attribute 
with a relative path it fails which seems a bit strange to me since I 
believe the parser should be able to determine the location based on the 
base systemId that is provided?

Anyway, even if this is not the case it seems like I can work around the 
problem by creating an EntityResolver that will resolve the relative 
URIs as specified in the xsi:schemaLocation attribute. However, the main 
question still exists:

What is the correct syntax for a relative URI using the file schema?


>[1] http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/sax2/chapter/ch03.html
>Eddie Robertsson wrote:
>>I've run into a problem using Xerces (2.2.0) for W3C XML Schema 
>>validation when it comes to specifying relative paths to the schema 
>>document. Here is the scenario:


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