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Richard Tobin wrote:
>>I have seen an xml schema validator fail to validate because "file:///"
>>was omitted from an absolute path for the schema location - and it
>>should fail, IMHO - and another succeed with the same URI.
> If file:/// is omitted, it isn't an absolute URI, it's a relative one,
> and should be resolved relative to the containing document's URI (or
> if it's on the command line, relative to some default bse URI such
> as a file: URI referring to the current directory).
Except that on Windows, a file path beginning with a drive letter and a
":" is well-known to indicate an absolute path. Some processors kindly
make use of this knowledge (like Spy), and some do not (which both of us
appear to agree is rfc-correct behavior)
> If the base URI is a file: URI on the local machine, a
> schema location /home/richard/foo.xsd should be equivalent to
Agreed - on a Unix-like machine. Not on Windows. On Windows a file
d:\temp\xsd\schema.xsd is unambigously an absolute file reference on the
local machine, and a file at \\mars\d:\temp\xsd\schema.xsd is
unambiguously an absolute reference to a file an the host
"mars". You cannot get a legal relative path just by leaving off the