[whatwg] Resolving a URL

Boris Zbarsky bzbarsky at MIT.EDU
Sun Feb 1 08:00:14 PST 2009

Ian Hickson wrote:
> On Sun, 28 Dec 2008, Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
>> Step 12 replaces \ with /. IIRC WebKit does this for all URLs, not just 
>> those with a "server-based naming authority" (what's that anyway?).

RFC 2396 section 3.2 (Authority Component) says:

   Many URI schemes include a top hierarchical element for a naming
   authority, such that the namespace defined by the remainder of the
   URI is governed by that authority. This authority component is
   typically defined by an Internet-based server or a scheme-specific
   registry of naming authorities.

So this is talking about URLs whose authority component is defined by an 
internet server (host + port, in practice).


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