The interference of the W3C in the XRI vote at OASIS is unprecedented and disturbing. The W3C has rebuffed all efforts by the XRI TC to engage in any form of dialog about the technical merits of XRI. Despite repeated attempts by the XRI community to show the use cases that XRI is solving the TAG make vague statements like 'you can do everything in URL'... This statement is clearly and patentley meaningless without specifics....
It all well and good that SOME of the stuff that XRI does CAN be done in URI/URL but without specifying a STANDARD way of doing stuff the ability to do it is next to useless!!
There are parts of XRI that you simply CAN NOT DO with URI.... Like resolve an abstract identifier (urn).
There are hundreds of millions of users with services that use the xri specs (OpenID being the best known). The ONLY reason W3C cares about this is they think they CONTROL the internet and here is a spec that OBVIOUSLY solves wide reaching problems and it's not theirs.
In my mind this is as subversive as the Net Neutrality issue... W3C is cynically trying to stifle innovation for pure 'not invented here' reasons.
rant rave grr huff.... This pisses me off... PLEASE.... if you voted NO on the xri vote spend some time on the phone with me and talk with me about why you voted no and why I think you are wrong! Before undermining LOTS of hard work by LOTS of smart people at least understand the technology.