[Doc-SIG] Call for opinions on "inline external targets" idea

Tony J Ibbs (Tibs) tony@lsl.co.uk
Mon, 8 Jul 2002 11:26:28 +0100

I wondered out loud why one didn't just write ``http://....``.

Simon Budig wrote:
> Because this needs a complete specification of the server and the path
> and makes it necessary to edit a group of documents when you just want
> to move them to another location.

and Paul Moore wrote:
> Relocatability. I don't *think* there's a http:... syntax for a
> relative link. If there is, it's pretty obscure...

So I did a google search on "relative URL" and got to RFC 1808 - ah, I
see. The RFC doesn't say how one is aware one has a relative URL - that
is up to the embedding document (pretty obvious in HTML, of course). So
if I put ``http://`` I have already overspecified (since the base scheme
may not be, or may not only be, ``http``).

It just so happens that all of the occasions I've used this sort of
thing have been of the form ``http://../fred.html#thingy`` (and so on) -
i.e., not addressing the problem at all.

Not that that makes me any more eager to adopt the proposed solutions.

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