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   Re: [xml-dev] Why is xml:base a URI *reference*?

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Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu> writes:

> At 8:09 PM -0500 1/7/04, Jonathan Borden wrote:
>> Does anyone here know the reasoning behind this? In specific, why
>> does xml:base allow URI references (i.e. with fragment identifiers)
>> rather than simply using URIs (URIrefs sans fragment identifiers)?
> I seem to recall that the thinking was that relative URIs are only URI
> references, not true URIs; and URI references were used to enable
> this, not to enable fragment identifiers.

That's my belief also.  IIRC, the RFC defines URI to be what you and I
would call an absolute URI.

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