[OpenID] Dumb Question: Why isn't http://xri.net/=bobwyman an OpenID?

Martin Atkins mart at degeneration.co.uk
Thu Jan 4 19:07:36 UTC 2007

Drummond Reed wrote:
> Therefore it seems to me the best thing to do would be to have OpenID
> libraries recognize an HXRI (from the http://xri.* pattern) as a form of an
> XRI, drop the HXRI proxy resolver prefix, and proceed with it as an XRI so
> the user gets the i-name/i-number synonym benefits they expect.

I think it's worth noting that XRI support is not a MUST for OpenID RPs, 
so using these "HXRIs" is presumably going to be the standard way to 
deal with a lack of XRI support in a particular RP. (though of course 
this sucks usability-wise.)

An OpenID RP that is YADIS-aware but not XRI-aware is not going to have 
this special case in it, and will thus end up using the HXRI as the 
identifier URL rather than the i-number.

I don't have a solution, I just wanted to highlight the potential 
problem. Ideally, of course, RPs will support XRI at least minimally by 
just using a good OpenID RP library.

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