file:/ vs file://<host>/ vs file:///

Kenneth Wimer wimer at
Thu Nov 4 20:48:51 EET 2004

* Daniel Veillard <veillard at> [Nov 04. 2004 19:07]:
> > The "correct" form of a file url/uri is definitely file://localhost/foo.
> > However, software should support input of file:/foo to allow for the
> > standard way *everyone* already uses their software, and (although I'd be
> > willing to give up this last point) should display file:/foo to avoid
> > confusing-looking visual noise. 99% of computer users have no idea what a
> > localhost is, despite having some vague idea of what is. 
>   use file:///foo , do NOT accept file:/foo. Nobody has to type 'localhost'

So the file foo which exist in the directory that I am currently in is
file:///foo and /blah/blub would be file:////blah/blub ?


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