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Re: xml:base and fragments

  • From: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>
  • To: "Andrew S. Townley" <ast@atownley.org>
  • Date: Tue, 9 May 2017 22:16:48 +0100

Re:  xml:base and fragments
> 
> Not sure I’m 100% following you here.  Forgive me for typing and thinking, but that way you can spot anything I’m doing wrong as I do it… ;)
> 
> A URI is an identifier for a resource.  A reference to the URI is the byte stream content of the URI itself, right?

I didn't use the term "reference to the URI". I think you probably misunderstood the term "URI Reference". This is the term used in RFC 3986 to mean either a "URI" or a "relative reference". In normal everyday conversation most people call these "absolute URI" and "relative URI" respectively, but those terms are from older specs. RFC 3986 decided that a "relative URI" is not a URI at all, it is (in effect) an abbreviation of a URI.
> 
> According to 4.4, (the part you summarized):
> 
>   When a same-document reference is dereferenced for a retrieval
>   action, the target of that reference is defined to be within the same
>   entity (representation, document, or message) as the reference;
>   therefore, a dereference should not result in a new retrieval action.
> 
> So when byte stream A (the base URI) is identical to byte stream B (some other URI reference), then we have the “same-document” reference (aside from any fragment component).

No, I think you've gone off at a complete tangent here. 

Michael Kay
Saxonica


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