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Some WebID questions - was: [dane] Call for Adoption: "Using Secure DNS to Associate Certificates with Domain Names For S/MIME"

From: Henry Story <henry.story@bblfish.net>
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2012 21:24:40 +0200
Cc: Ben Laurie <benl@google.com>, "public-webid@w3.org" <public-webid@w3.org>, Andrei Sambra <andrei@fcns.eu>
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To: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Can we shift to this new title? I forgot to change it when forwarding the mail to this list.

On 25 Sep 2012, at 21:16, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com> wrote:

> On 9/25/12 2:44 PM, Henry Story wrote:
>>   I am just ccing Andrei, because Ben (http://research.google.com/pubs/author9639.html  ) - has found a bug inhttps://my-profile.eu/  . (see below) My guess is that Ben logged in with a certificate that is not WebID enabled. So that's a good extra test case to add. Of course for people like Ben, the failure of having a Logout button on chrome is going to add to that inconvenience - because having logged in with a certificate that may not be signed by a CA my-profile.eu knows about, he won't be able to change his certificate later after having made a new one.
> Ben,
> Wondering if you evaluated WebID using any other services or scenarios? Your feedback would be much appreciated.
> Henry: I keep on telling you, one implementation doesn't canonically reflect WebID.

I don't think I was serious in saying the my-profile.eu is canonical. But it does show what a good user experience is (when it works)

> As you can imagine, Ben is time challenged, if he plays with a solution that's pitched as canonical its natural for him to draw blanket conclusions.

Yes, the best way to do that would be to work on a test suite, that would cover all these cases.
I put a few proposals for this up a year ago or so:


Would you be prepared to commit on implementing the pieces necessary in your products to get this going? We certainly need to simplify the test suite. But with this we could add tests for all the types of problems we come across to an open source software stack. The we could have objective up to date tests on servers that properly impelement WebID.

> I continue to encourage you to separate the concept and virtues of WebID from a specific WebID solution that aligns with your personal world view etc..
> In my world view, the simplest demonstration of WebID's value takes the following form:
> 1. A resource is published to the Web
> 2. The resource is ACL protected
> 3. Existence of the resource is published via email, tweet, blog post etc..
> 4. A user tries to access the resource -- they fail or succeed subject to ACL membership
> 5. User requests access to resource by providing their WebID to resource owner -- this is also where signed email are useful since the WebID can be nipped from the senders signed email certificate.
> In addition to the above, the resource acl document can itself have ACLs that enable a variety of users expand its ACL memebership thereby making an organic social network.
> -- 
> Regards,
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