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TAG recommends against XRI

From: Williams, Stuart (HP Labs, Bristol) <skw@hp.com>
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 09:56:20 +0000
To: "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
CC: OASIS XRI TC <xri@lists.oasis-open.org>, Gabe Wachob <gwachob@wachob.com>
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In The Architecture of the World Wide Web [1] the TAG sets out the reasons why http: URIs are the foundation of the value proposition for the Web, and should be used for naming on the Web.  The TAG has reviewed XRIs twice, once in a previous draft [2] and more recently the XRI Resolution draft of [3] and on both occasions we raised a number of questions with the OASIS XRI TC [4], [5].

The TAG's work in this area is ongoing.  For further information see
ISSUE-50: URNsAndRegistries [6].

We are not satisfied that XRIs provide functionality not readily available from http: URIs.  Accordingly the TAG recommends against taking the XRI specifications forward, or supporting the use of XRIs as identifiers in other specifications.

Tim Berners-Lee and Stuart Williams, co-chairs, W3C Technical Architecture Group

[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/webarch/,
[2] publications listed for 15-March-2005 at http://www.oasis-open.org/committees/tc_home.php?wg_abbrev=xri#technical
[3] http://docs.oasis-open.org/xri/xri-resolution/2.0/specs/cd02/xri-resolution-V2.0-cd-02.html
[4] http://www.w3.org/2002/02/mid/20050429105241.69c32c00.Vincent.Quint@inrialpes.fr
[5] http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2008Feb/0009.html.
[6] http://www.w3.org/2001/tag/group/track/issues/50.
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