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RFC 3986, "Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax", January 2005

Source of RFC: IETF - NON WORKING GROUP
Area Assignment: app

Errata ID: 2933
Status: Held for Document Update
Type: Editorial

Reported By: Bjoern Hoehrmann
Date Reported: 2011-08-13
Held for Document Update by: Peter Saint-Andre
Date Held: 2012-02-27

Section 5.2.2. says:

T.path = merge(Base.path, R.path);

It should say:

T.path = merge(Base, R);

Notes:

In 5.2.3. the "If the base URI has a defined authority component" condition requires knowing the authority component, so passing just the path component is misleading.

During discussion of this issue, Roy Fielding noted: "No, this is not an error in the algorithm. The algorithm is just saying that you need to merge the two paths. The two paths are not parameters to a function, nor is the merge procedure limited to those two parameters." Saving this report as "Hold For Document Update" so that future implementers do not experience the same confusion.

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