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RE: [XRI] Back to XRI

From: Booth, David (HP Software - Boston) <dbooth@hp.com>
Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2008 14:15:53 +0000
To: John Bradley <john.bradley@wingaa.com>
CC: "elharo@metalab.unc.edu" <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>, "www-tag@w3.org" <www-tag@w3.org>
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> From: John Bradley [mailto:john.bradley@wingaa.com]
> [ . . . ]
> The XRI TC originally selected the 302 redirect for
> compatibility with pre http 1.1 browsers.
> Changing to 303 redirects may brake some clients but it
> unlikely to be a significant issue.
>
> I understand that some people will feel that using redirects
> is inefficient,  however it seems the only way to communicate
> the desired qualities of the identifier in http:

Yes, there would be an extra round trip for an agent that is not aware of the XRI http subscheme conventions.  But an agent that *is* aware of the conventions could inspect the URI and safely skip the extra round trip, in a manner similar to the optimization suggested for thing-described-by.org:
http://thing-described-by.org/#optimizing
That seems like a reasonable trade-off to me: naive agents incur a small penalty, but agents doing high volume have the option to safely optimize.


David Booth, Ph.D.
HP Software
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