Christopher, thanks for this very well argued
change request. Since you've joined the TC and boosted our
attention to relative names, I've become even more passionate
about them. I agree that they will likely play a very important
role in XDI identifier architecture.
Also, Markus pointed out to me that if we assign tilde as
the relativity symbol, then we can reserve tilde for that
purpose alone, just like we have reserved ! to be
the immutability symbol. That would free up underscore to be
used (along with dot and dash) within XDI name strings without
confusion with it being an XDI syntax symbol.
So I am in favor of this making this change. I also
second Christopher's point that, since the relativity symbol
is a core piece of the XDI Addressing section of XDI Core that
I will be drafting next week, I'd very much like to see if we
can reach consensus on this decision no later than next
So please do weigh in on this thread with your views.