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Re: file://host/location URLs

From: Daniel Colascione
Subject: Re: file://host/location URLs
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2012 07:31:20 -0800
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On 11/17/12 12:25 AM, Achim Gratz wrote:
> Daniel Colascione writes:
>> If anyone actually uses remote file URIs, please tell me. Otherwise, I 
>> intend to
>> make "file:" and "file://" strictly equivalent and always local.
> Common bugs in applications and misconceptions of some users
> notwithstanding, an URI should implement:
> http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc3986
> You may find that your proposal (IIUIC) is violating that specification.
> The only instances a file: URI refers to the local file system is if the
> authority (host) part is missing or the local host is explicitly given
> as the authority.

Yes, my proposal violates the RFC. I maintain that nobody deliberately
constructs file URLs pointing to remote hosts, and that the behavior
that best matches user intent is to always interpret file URIs as
local, RFC be damned.

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