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Subject: Re: [xri] Resolution: ... where's "Drummond Reed" in the XRDS?

One advanced way of discovering name, description, etc. about the XRI
would be to look up its XDI endpoint, and then send a $get to that

E.g. you resolve =drummond, and then you send this to the XDI endpoint:


You would get something like

      "Drummond Reed"
      "This is a person named Drummond Reed"

But yes, as a more lightweight approach, I guess it's also a nice idea
to have a human readable description somewhere in the XRD itself.


On Wed, Nov 19, 2008 at 8:54 AM, Nick Nicholas
<opoudjis@optushome.com.au> wrote:
> Now, you don't have to change what you're doing for this, but:
> Exec Summary: why does the string "Drummond Reed" not occur in the =drummond
> Exec Lemma: service-independent descriptions (like the string "Drummond
> Reed") help guarantee persistence.
> Exec Suggestion: would a prose description service endpoint (the reverse of
> http://thing-described-by.org/ ) help?
> Exec Realisation: An XRI with users managing their own XRDS may not be
> compatible with archival notions of persistence.
> Discursive blog posts:
> http://interopporesearch.blogspot.com/2008/11/xri-handle-and-persistent-descriptors.html
> http://interopporesearch.blogspot.com/2008/11/xri-handle-and-persistent-descriptors_19.html
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