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RE: self-signed

From: Mo McRoberts <Mo.McRoberts@bbc.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 20:23:10 +0100
Message-ID: <4EA804DC019F8849B3304E28D3AA20FE015CE436@bbcxues15.national.core.bbc.co.uk>
To: <nathan@webr3.org>
Cc: "Kingsley Idehen" <kidehen@openlinksw.com>, <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
> I read anonymous user to be not authed, the default state, as in nothing 
> happened, you're not logged in so you'll be asked to try again or for 
> some other form of id. Rather than you'll be authed with no auth 
> details. Perhaps just needs the text clarified a little.

My initial reading was the latter, but  it doesn't make sense… if you can't fetch the FOAF, you can't do the round-trip of the pubkey, and so you can't actually use that URI to identify the authenticating entity — so, yes, this needs to be clear.

> Yes as you say it's essentially the same thing, it's an authentication 
> failure, no need to limit what a WebID is beyond saying "a valid IRI" - 
> we gain nothing at all by adding such a constraint.

You do when it comes to conformance testing: as I said umpteen e-mails ago, if I'm building a server, how will I know what schemes people are expecting to use when they're authing with me — that has to be written down somewhere and testable before I can say “Log in with your WebID” :)

M.


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