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Subject: Re: [xri] FW: Should XRD allow including other XRD documents?

On Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 10:19 AM, Eran Hammer-Lahav <eran@hueniverse.com> wrote:
I like this answer.

It shows that with a little code, include can be accomplished by the server without having to make the client (literally) go through hoops. I made that point on the call, that I expect smart XRD hosting services to offer this as a feature.

Our use case (hosted OpenID OPs) assumes exactly the opposite: there are a few relying parties (janrain, ping identity, etc.) that can write hoop-jumping libraries, but there are millions of OPs that need to be discoverable. A significant fraction of those don't know how to copy and paste. 

Also, that "small change" that Martin is talking about could be something like a signature, which I don't know how to do, but xrd-depot.com does. Obviously, that doesn't work with copy-and-paste.

But anyway - it doesn't really matter for us. As long as there is something like #see-also in host-meta, we're good.


-----Original Message-----
From: webfinger@googlegroups.com [mailto:webfinger@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Martin Atkins
Sent: Friday, September 18, 2009 10:06 AM
To: webfinger@googlegroups.com
Subject: Re: Should XRD allow including other XRD documents?

My gut feeling here is that for the unusual case where you want to use
an XRD hosted by someone else but make a small change to it you can
expend a little extra effort and generate an XRD that contains the
information from the target XRD, either dynamically or statically as a
one-off. (If you do the latter, it is of course your responsibility to
update it when the target changes.)

In other words, right now including other XRDs seems to me to be enough
of a corner-case that the burden should be put on the XRD host, not on
the client.

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