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Re: WebFinger compromises

From: Evan Prodromou <evan@status.net>
Date: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 09:30:26 -0400
Message-ID: <50927972.9060407@status.net>
To: Brad Fitzpatrick <bradfitz@google.com>
CC: webfinger@googlegroups.com, Dick Hardt <dick.hardt@gmail.com>, public-fedsocweb@w3.org
On 12-10-31 06:26 PM, Brad Fitzpatrick wrote:
> StatusNet can continue to speak whatever it wants among itself.  But 
> WebFinger is JSON only.  (whether or not the spec says JSON only, it's 
> JSON-only in practice, if JSON is the only MUST for both client and 
> server.)
>     JSON preferred, XML optional is probably the only way to go forward.
> Your argument seems to be: "Status.net exists => Must have XML. QED." 
> I don't buy it.
> Status.net is tiny in the grand scheme of what WebFinger could be.  I 
> believe it'll only be successful if it's simple.
I'm more concerned about gmail.com (and to a lesser extent yahoo.com). 
It's nice to be able to say, "there are hundreds of millions of 
Webfinger accounts out there."

If gmail.com can upgrade, I'm more than happy to see just JSON, although 
I'd prefer we use a different well-known endpoint so that older clients 
and servers can still run smoothly.

In other words: older clients will try to get XRD from 
<domain>/.well-known/host-meta. It's easy for us to avoid breaking them, 
so let's do that.

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