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Re: Final(?) Relative Externals format

From: Julian Foad <julianfoad_at_btopenworld.com>
Date: 2005-01-26 19:50:03 CET

Greg Hudson wrote:
> I think the forms drawn from RFC2396 are terribly user-unfriendly, and
> rely on people memorizing a map from obscure leading punctuation to
> semantics.
> Relative URLs in the context of the web are fairly user-friendly because
> there is no distinction between "the site" and "the repository". So a
> link to "/path" is pretty clearly site-relative. We don't have that
> luxury.

Good point. Perhaps we shouldn't aim to implement relative "URLs" as such, but
rather relative Subversion repository references - which is semantically rather
different. As far as I know there is no reason why the "external" property
need be thought of as containing always some sort of URL.

We could say, the "external" property contains one of:

+ an absolute URL (usually to within another repository)
+ an absolute or relative path within this repository (not going outside this
repository's root)

Syntax for the latter to be determined. Those forms might be all we need.

- Julian

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