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Re: xml:base and fragments

  • From: "Liam R. E. Quin" <liam@w3.org>
  • To: mailbox@johnmccaskey.com, "xml-dev@l..." <xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Fri, 05 May 2017 12:48:51 -0400

Re:  xml:base and fragments
On Thu, 2017-05-04 at 08:53 -0400, John P. McCaskey wrote:
> In this excerpt from example.xml
> <div xml:base="http://www.dictionary.com/a.html">; <p> <ref 
> target="#apple">Apple</ref> </p> </div>
> does #apple refer to an element in example.xml that has id="apple" or
> to 
> http://www.dictionary.com/a.html#apple?
> The first, right?

In slightly different language...

"example.xml" happens to be how you (the software) obtained a copy of a
representation of "a.html".

The relative URI reference #apple "points" to a location within the
representation you have, whose canonical URI is given to us as http://w
ww.dictionary.com/a.html regardless of how you came to find it.

There's no expectation in HTML at least that following a link to #apple
will involve fetching a different resource - rather, base, and
xml:base, tell us where we really are when we do that.


> --
Liam R. E. Quin <liam@w3.org>
The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

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