[jkrey@isi.edu: RFC1808 on Relative Uniform Resource Locators]

Larry Masinter (masinter@parc.xerox.com)
Wed, 14 Jun 95 18:03:21 EDT

RFC 1808 can now be cited in the HTML document as a standards-track
specification for relative URLs.

A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.

RFC 1808:

Title: Relative Uniform Resource Locators
Author: R. Fielding
Date: June 1995
Mailbox: fielding@ics.uci.edu
Pages: 16
Characters: 34,950
Updates/Obsoletes: none

URL: ftp://ds.internic.net/rfc/rfc1808.txt

A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a compact representation of the
location and access method for a resource available via the Internet.
When embedded within a base document, a URL in its absolute form may
contain a great deal of information which is already known from the
context of that base document's retrieval, including the scheme,
network location, and parts of the url-path. In situations where the
base URL is well-defined and known to the parser (human or machine),
it is useful to be able to embed URL references which inherit that
context rather than re-specifying it in every instance. This document
defines the syntax and semantics for such Relative Uniform Resource
Locators. This RFC is the product of the Uniform Resource Identifiers
Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Prosposed Standard Protocol.

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state and
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