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Re: Cloud Service Descriptor

From: Ben Laurie <benl@google.com>
Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2013 21:52:47 +0000
Message-ID: <CABrd9SSXk1qEWsLai8Jm+a4+zv+20cwk3TZN-Goou6g0_VPwEw@mail.gmail.com>
To: Andre-John Mas <ajmas@sympatico.ca>
Cc: "www-talk@w3.org" <www-talk@w3.org>
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On 23 November 2013 02:10, Andre-John Mas <ajmas@sympatico.ca> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I am not sure whether this is the best place to ask this, but hopefully
> someone might be able to provide some feedback:
>
> The basic idea is to have cloud services provide a simple descriptor file,
> that describes the services hosted and what the specific URLs are. The file
> could be in JSON or XML and would include such things as:
>
> - service name
> - service logo (possibly different sizes)
> - service description
> - reference to licence
> - list of services (e-mail, storage, calendar, contacts, etc) and their URLs
>
> This descriptor would generally be found at the root of a domain
> (http://mydomain.net, for example)or on a specific server
> (http://myserver.somedomain.org). Also, for security reasons it would only
> be visible to authenticated users, this also provides the optional benefit
> of having a dynamic descriptor which lists only the services available to
> the authenticated user. There might be a use case for a simple version of
> the file, visible to non-authenticated users, but at this point I have
> researched things enough to decide on this.
>
> Microsoft already provides a descriptor file for exchange based services, so
> in certain ways it is about building on that concept, but also making it
> more generally available, eventually as an RFC (ideally). The benefit would
> be that on your tablet or PC you would indicate the domain name for the
> cloud service provider and the rest of the information is discovered,
> transparent to the user.
>
> The next step would to be to create an open client library that leverages
> this.
>
> Anyhow that's the idea. Any thoughts?
>
> Regards
>
> Andre
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