[OpenID] why is xri so obtuse?
James A. Donald
jamesd at echeque.com
Tue Jan 2 01:38:46 UTC 2007
Drummond Reed wrote:
> 1) XRI is an open, public, royalty-free identifier standard developed at
> OASIS. It is every bit as free as the URI or IRI specifications from IETF
> (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc3986.txt and
Anyone, including Microsoft, can declare open public royalty-free
standards for interfacing to their proprietary for profit services, and
their proprietary for profit software, and with great regularity
Microsoft does exactly that.
> 2) The use of XRI does NOT require the use of XRI global registry services.
> Although such registries are supported by XRI architecture, they are only
> one option. You can also use XRI infrastructure with a) DNS names, b) IP
> addresses, or c) complete p2p identification and resolution as described by
> XRI TC co-chair Gabe Wachob in his blog entry at
Which says that anyone can be a root if others treat him so - but every
XRI name space requires a single root, who thus has monopoly control of
But what we really want is a namespace where no one is a root, or a
single namespace that is multirooted with as many roots as people who
feel like being roots, and are treated by other as root.
Now in fact it is hard to implement such a system in a user friendly
manner, but XRI is *not* such a system.
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