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Re: Feedback from Microsoft on Verifiable Claims

From: Dave Crocker <dhc@dcrocker.net>
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2016 12:38:58 -0700
To: christoph@christophdorn.com, timothy.holborn@gmail.com
Cc: msporny@digitalbazaar.com, public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5130b28-94ea-6687-00d6-93eb51b4b3bc@dcrocker.net>
On 9/16/2016 9:38 AM, Christoph Dorn wrote:
> (I have not participated in the credentials work; just observing from afar)

As well as thinking and writing quite usefully.

Christoph's note looks to me like quite a good starting point for a 
summary statement about how this work is differentiated from prior work 
and what benefits it makes likely.

The reference to JSON is apt.  Note that the world had RFC822,  ABNF and 
XML for a very long time[*] and that JSON could be resisted as not being 
needed.  The counter to this is that JSON represents a point on a 
learning curve produced from those earlier experiences.

Same argument for the proposed verifiable claims work, as long as there 
is clarity about the ways it is an improvement.

I tend to find pursuit of lighter-weight mechanisms compelling, 
especially when existing capabilities have a long history and markedly 
/limited/ adoption.  (cf, SAMS...)


[*] And given that I wrote the RFC822 and ABNF specs, making a 
concession like this doesn't come easily...


   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking
Received on Friday, 16 September 2016 19:39:55 UTC

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