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[ih] URl construct, etc

Joly MacFie <joly at punkcast.com> wrote:
> When/why were the two slashes dropped for "mailto:"; ?

As I understand it there was a convention on some distributed unix-alike
systems for remote path names of the form //host/path where the //
indicated a super-root as opposed to / for the local filesystem root. This
was adopted for URL syntax with the addition of a protocol scheme prefix.

Since mailto: URLs aren't pathnames, it doesn't make sense to include the //.

f.anthony.n.finch  <dot at dotat.at>  http://dotat.at/
Rockall, Malin, Hebrides, Bailey, Fair Isle, Faeroes: North or northeast 5 to
7, occasionally 4 at first in Malin and Fair Isle. Moderate or rough.
Occasional rain or showers, fog patches in Malin, Hebrides and Fair Isle.
Moderate or good, occasionally very poor in Malin, Hebrides and Fair Isle.