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Credentials not Claims

From: David Chadwick <D.W.Chadwick@kent.ac.uk>
Date: Wed, 9 Aug 2017 15:22:19 +0100
To: public-vc-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <ddf31ffe-2220-a9f9-6877-c69268a3ddcb@kent.ac.uk>
I want to propose that we replace the term claim by credential
throughout the VC-WG documentation. After all, this WG has arisen from
the Credentials Community group (not the Claims Community Group), and
its documentation talks about credentials not claims. So let us
harmonise the terminology and be more precise about our purpose. We are
specifying the syntax of credentials, not claims.

It is a relatively straightforward editing task to make this change.
Here is the revised abstract. I am willing to edit the whole document if
agreed.


Abstract

Driver's licenses are credentials used to prove that we are authorised
to operate a motor vehicle, university degrees can be used to prove our
education status, and government-issued passports are credentials that
enable holders to travel between countries. This specification provides
a standard way to express these sorts of credentials on the Web in a way
that is cryptographically secure, privacy respecting, and automatically
verifiable.

(minor point with the original text. Driving licenses dont claim that we
are capable of operating a motor vehicle. A drink driver with a valid
driving license is still not capable of operating the vehicle)

regards

David
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