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Re: [foaf-protocols] Standardising the foaf+ssl protocol to launch the Social Web

From: Toby Inkster <tai@g5n.co.uk>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 11:18:28 +0100
To: Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Cc: Henry Story <henry.story@gmail.com>, Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>, Jeffrey Jaff <jeff@w3.org>, Harry Halpin <hhalpin@w3.org>, foaf-protocols@lists.foaf-project.org, Ian Jacobs <ij@w3.org>, Ivan Herman <ivan@w3.org>, www-archive <www-archive@w3.org>, Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org>
Message-ID: <20100706111828.7117ad88@miranda.g5n.co.uk>
On Tue, 6 Jul 2010 10:30:36 +0200
Thomas Roessler <tlr@w3.org> wrote:

> - What are the benefits of using one over the other in the cases
> where they overlap?

One of the key FOAF+SSL benefits over OpenID is its RESTfulness.

I can request a FOAF+SSL-secured resource using curl or wget. A typical
OpenID exchange requires various redirections and form-filling, so
cannot easily be achieved using command-line tools like this.

This makes FOAF+SSL a more suitable authentication system for use-cases
where requests will be made by software agents rather than people -
e.g. securing a SPARQL endpoint or an API endpoint.

Toby A Inkster
Received on Tuesday, 6 July 2010 10:19:38 UTC

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