Re: Request: URN support in browsers needed!

Jon P. Knight (
Sat, 22 Oct 1994 17:28:57 +0100

On Fri, 21 Oct 1994, Daniel W. Connolly wrote:
> Then suppose the resulting document (let's suppose the answer above is
> urn:234lkj23/4lk2j ) contains:
> <html>
> <head><isindex><title>An Example</title></head>
> <body>
> <p> See <a href="../overview.html">the overview</a> for
> more info.
> What if the user selects that link? Is this an error? Must the process
> of resolving urn:234lkj23/4lk2j yield some "local" address (ala the
> HTTP URI: or Location: header or the HTLM <BASE> tag) for use
> with relative HREF's?

The URN is a Uniform Resource NAME, not a Uniform Resource LOCATOR. It
has to be passed to the URN resolution service to obtain a URL which can
then be used to locate and retreive the document. So the answer is, yes,
the process of resolving <urn:234lkj23/4lk2j> will provide a URL which can
then be used as the document's base for relative HREFs.


Jon Knight, Research Student in High Performance Networking and Distributed
Systems in the Department of _Computer_Studies_ at Loughborough University.
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