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RE: One more possible hole in UI?

From: Micah Dubinko <MDubinko@cardiff.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Mar 2001 16:31:33 -0800
Message-ID: <BE47764CFF7D0549B1163F849BC6A8D1244713@csmail.cardiff.com>
To: "'John J. Barton'" <John_Barton@hpl.hp.com>, "'www-forms@w3.org'" <www-forms@w3.org>
Interesting. Our architecture would certainly support this.

Lexically, an xform:password datatype would be identical to xform:string,
right? I don't see encryption being part of XForms 1.0, but that would be on
target for a future version. And you are correct: a password (or any "secret
text") deserves to have special semantics, even if common usage today
doesn't allow that to be expressed.

I wonder if there are P3P implications to a 'password' datatype?


-----Original Message-----
From: John J. Barton [mailto:John_Barton@hpl.hp.com]
Sent: Friday, March 23, 2001 4:06 PM
To: XForms Mailing List
Subject: RE: One more possible hole in UI?

At the risk of clouding this discussion on passwords,
here is a different perspective.

The XFORMs goal is to separate presentation, logic,
and data.

Shouldn't the "data" representation for a password
different than "string"?  Yes I suppose a few million
passwords have been sent as "string" (clear text),
but at least we could contemplate encrypted text as
the default for a new world of XFORMs.  If XFORMs
has a special type for currency, wouldn't one for
passwords be ok?

If one had a datatype password, then various presentations
can fill such slots.  One presentation could be textbox.
The user agent would be obligated to apply "*" over
inputs to any textbox that solicits input for type "password".
Another presentation could be a table of buttons like
an ATM keyboard.


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