On 27-10-2011 19:28, Francois PIETTE wrote:
If I'm wrong, please point me to the exact text in the /HTTP/ standard (RFC2616).


From RFC2396, that merge RFC1808 with two others, and that is referenced in the RFC2616.
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    absoluteURI   = scheme ":" ( hier_part | opaque_part )

   URI that are hierarchical in nature use the slash "/" character for
   separating hierarchical components.  For some file systems, a "/"
   character (used to denote the hierarchical structure of a URI) is the
   delimiter used to construct a file name hierarchy, and thus the URI
   path will look similar to a file pathname.  This does NOT imply that
   the resource is a file or that the URI maps to an actual filesystem
   pathname.

      hier_part     = ( net_path | abs_path ) [ "?" query ]

      net_path      = "//" authority [ abs_path ]

      abs_path      = "/"  path_segments

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 The syntax for relative URI takes advantage of the <hier_part> syntax
   of <absoluteURI> (Section 3) in order to express a reference that is
   relative to the namespace of another hierarchical URI.

      relativeURI   = ( net_path | abs_path | rel_path ) [ "?" query ]

   A relative reference beginning with two slash characters is termed a
   network-path reference, as defined by <net_path> in Section 3.  Such
   references are rarely used.
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So, for this error in particular, seems to be a relative URI, in the "net_path" form.

I haven't investigated if this form of relative (quasi absolute, except for the unknown scheme) URI is valid as start URI, but browsers accept it without problem. But seems to be valid in a relocation, where relative URIs have to be handled.

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