OpenID and changing URLs

David Recordon david at
Thu Feb 9 19:00:52 UTC 2006

This is however an issue which our end users ran into.  If we know about
it at this point, and can do something to prevent it, it seems
worthwhile to me.


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[mailto:yadis-bounces at] On Behalf Of Johannes Ernst
Sent: Wednesday, February 08, 2006 9:26 PM
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Subject: Re: OpenID and changing URLs

That should be YADIS 1.1 I think. Time to get 1.0 out the door ;-)

On Feb 8, 2006, at 0:13, Martin Atkins wrote:

> Kevin Turner wrote:
>> I know LiveJournal was under a great deal of pressure to make some 
>> changes in a very short timeframe and they did it for the good of all

>> mankind, but really, sucks to break stuff.  Is there any way we can
>> patch it?  i.e. can the old URLs still return OpenID pages?   
>> Maybe, with
>> some sort of javascript hack to redirect clients that aren't OpenID 
>> consumer to the new user page, but that definitely has trade-offs of 
>> its own.  (i.e. it's probably slower for the users, you just broke 
>> all the spiders, etc.)
> I suppose one thing that we can take away from this is that YADIS 
> should specify some behavior for this. YADIS is a layer of indirection

> in itself, and is a lot more flexible than OpenID.
> Even something as simple as specifying what to do in the case where 
> the consumer gets back a redirect response which also has an 
> X-YADIS-Location header field. (Don't bother following the redirects 
> and just fetch the YADIS document?)

Johannes Ernst
NetMesh Inc.

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