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> Don't use a | instead of : for the drive. This was never part of
> a formal spec. All reasonably recent URL handlers will understand
> Some will *NOT* understand file:///C|/temp/xxx.xsd.
You are right, except in the implication that there is a formal spec.
While the generic syntax of URIs including those in the file: scheme is
reasonably well defined by RFC 2396 (and its friends) there has never, as
far as I can tell, been a public specification describing the mapping of
file: URIs onto the file naming conventions of particular operating systems
such as Windows, and different products support different mappings.
Dave Pawson did a fairly detailed survey of this a couple of years ago and
published the results, but I can't find them now. No entry for "URI" at