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I was whining about a feature being missing in Designer 8.5.x yesterday in a closed forum for "Design Partners" when I learned something I wished I'd known a long time ago. I'm writing this to share it with you, so you can be saved the work I've been doing.
I was describing the problem in context of CSS pages and paths to image resources stored in the same database, when Nathan made a comment that it just seems to work fine for him. So, of course first I declared that I was more than 99% sure that was impossible, but then (giving the man his due) I decided to research it. Of course, I learned something I should have known.
If you look at the CSS Spec ( http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-CSS1/ ) section 6.4 clearly states
Partial URLs are interpreted relative to the source of the style sheet, not relative to the document:..
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