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Combine a base URL and a relative (partial) URL into an absolute (canonical) URL

Posted on 2004-08-25
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I desire a function that will combine a base URL and a relative (partial) URL into an absolute (canonical) URL.

Example inputs and outputs:

base = 'http://a/b/c'
relative = 'd'
result = 'http://a/b/c/d'

base = 'http://a/b/c'
relative = '../d'
result = 'http://a/b/d'

base = 'http://a/b/c'
relative = '../../d'
result = 'http://a/d'

base = 'http://a/b/c'
relative = '/d'
result = 'http://d'

The presence or absense of a trailing delimiter ('/') in the base URL should make no difference in the result.

This should be a relatively simple function, but I'm feeling lazy, and would like something that's been tested thoroughly.
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Well, I finally spent ten minutes and wrote one myself anyway.  I would have preferred a more robust version, but this will suffice.  Here's the code, in case anyone is interested.

function RelativeToAbsoluteURL(const BaseURL: String;
                               const RelativeURL: String): String;
var
  BaseParts: TStrings;
  RelativeParts: TStrings;
  I: Integer;
begin
  Assert(Copy(BaseURL, 1, 7) = 'http://');

  if (Length(RelativeURL) = 0) then
    Result := BaseURL
  else
    begin
    BaseParts := TStringList.Create;
    RelativeParts := TStringList.Create;
    try
      BaseParts.Delimiter := '/';
      BaseParts.DelimitedText := Copy(BaseURL, 8, Length(BaseURL) - 7);

      // remove blanks caused by a double slash or a slash at either end
      for I := (BaseParts.Count - 1) downto 0 do
        if (BaseParts[I] = '') then
          BaseParts.Delete(I);

      RelativeParts.Delimiter := '/';
      RelativeParts.DelimitedText := RelativeURL;

      // remove blanks caused by a double slash or a slash at either end
      for I := (RelativeParts.Count - 1) downto 0 do
        if (RelativeParts[I] = '') then
          RelativeParts.Delete(I);

      if (RelativeURL[1] = '/') then
        BaseParts.Clear
      else
        while (RelativeParts.Count > 0) and
              (RelativeParts[0] = '..') do
          begin
          RelativeParts.Delete(0);
          BaseParts.Delete(BaseParts.Count - 1);
          end;

      BaseParts.AddStrings(RelativeParts);
      Result := 'http://' + BaseParts.DelimitedText
    finally
      RelativeParts.Free;
      BaseParts.Free;
    end;
    end;
end;


...

var
  Test: String;

initialization

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c', 'd');
  Assert(Test = 'http://a/b/c/d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c', '../d');
  Assert(Test = 'http://a/b/d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c', '../../d');
  Assert(Test = 'http://a/d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c', '/d');
  Assert(Test = 'http://d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c/', 'd');
  Assert(Test = 'http://a/b/c/d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c/', '../d');
  Assert(Test = 'http://a/b/d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c/', '../../d');
  Assert(Test = 'http://a/d');

  Test := RelativeToAbsoluteURL('http://a/b/c/', '/d');
  Assert(Test = 'http://d');

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by:gary_williams
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That would be fine.
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