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Re: Browser ID

From: Michael Hausenblas <michael.hausenblas@deri.org>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2011 10:17:38 +0100
Cc: WebID XG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
Message-Id: <74822D4D-6A6E-4065-A58A-DCE07F1DDC33@deri.org>
To: Danny Ayers <danny.ayers@gmail.com>, Ben Adida <ben@adida.net>


> Ok, I'll accept your arguments for why BrowserID MUST include a
> person's email address (and am starting to think it may be good as a
> SHOULD for WebID), but given that a significant proportion of Web
> users do have profiles (and that proportion will undoubtedly
> increase), I see no reason to exclude the possibility that it also MAY
> include a URI - direct to user's URI, their profile, homepage (which
> allows autodiscovery) or OpenID - all of which offer ways of
> discovering more information. One small step offers compatibility with
> loads of other systems, what's not to like?

+1 ... well put, Danny!

Ben, think long-termish and imagine the tremendous support from the  
growing WebID community you can leverage by simply allowing this ;)

(BTW, good to learn that Ben found a 'new home' at Mozilla - I had the  
honour to work with/under him on RDFa between 2006-2009 and I always  
admired his balanced and well-informed decision-making process)

Cheers,
	Michael
--
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LiDRC - Linked Data Research Centre
DERI - Digital Enterprise Research Institute
NUIG - National University of Ireland, Galway
Ireland, Europe
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On 17 Jul 2011, at 10:12, Danny Ayers wrote:

> On 16 July 2011 23:15, Ben Adida <ben@adida.net> wrote:
>
>> So let me suggest something else: why not base WebID on BrowserID?  
>> You can
>> WebFinger the email address, find the profile, and bootstrap  
>> anything else
>> you want on top of that profile.
>
> Nicely crystallized, but as you'll no doubt guess, I disagree :) An
> extra round trip to an extra service no less, all for the sake of a
> dozen or two chars.
>
>> Since it's clear that everyone has an email address, but not  
>> everyone has a
>> public profile, that direction makes more sense, I think.
>
> Ok, I'll accept your arguments for why BrowserID MUST include a
> person's email address (and am starting to think it may be good as a
> SHOULD for WebID), but given that a significant proportion of Web
> users do have profiles (and that proportion will undoubtedly
> increase), I see no reason to exclude the possibility that it also MAY
> include a URI - direct to user's URI, their profile, homepage (which
> allows autodiscovery) or OpenID - all of which offer ways of
> discovering more information. One small step offers compatibility with
> loads of other systems, what's not to like?
>
> Cheers,
> Danny.
>
>
>
> -- 
> http://danny.ayers.name
>
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