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Subject: RE: [xri] Implementations and Interop

The URL for the wiki is http://wiki.oasis-open.org/xri

From: Wachob, Gabe [mailto:gwachob@visa.com]
Sent: Monday, January 23, 2006 4:42 PM
To: xri@lists.oasis-open.org
Subject: [xri] Implementations and Interop

Moving forward, I think it is extremely important that we have validated multiple interoperable implementations of XRI parsing and resolution before we should call our specifications final. Toward that end, I would
1) Like to hear who is implementing the current draft specifications (and who is these implementations publicly).
2) When we could set up a interop event (probably a "virtual" event to start) to test both interoperability and to validate that the specification is understandable and unambiguous.
Toward these ends, I have set up a set of pages on our wiki (linked off of the front page at http://xri.oasis-open.org/xri under Interop and Conformance Testing).
For a "virtual interop" event (which should also lead to significant feedback on the spec itself), I propose we have participants set up resolution servers and implement resolution of a variety of test XRI deployments which excercise multiple features. Participants testing client implementations should then run all tests against all participants testing server implementations. I actually think we have some interesting interop testing issues with proxying and lookahead that we'll have to think through as we get closer.
I propose sometime in late February for this first interop event - this implies the resolution specification will have settled down a while before this. I certainly hope this is the case.
At some point, we will publish these test "cases" in some more formal way beyond the wiki. We'll certainly want to publish *results* moving forward.
For those contributing to the spec, I would especially encourage you to go over to the wiki and start building out the test cases. This is *absolutely* critical if we are going to have a usable spec in the wild.

Chief Systems Architect
Technical Innovation and Standards Management
Visa International
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