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Re: Request for terminology input - consumer/inspector/TBD Credential

From: Dave Longley <dlongley@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 07:35:29 -0400
To: Eric Korb <eric.korb@truecred.com>, Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
Message-ID: <57595481.9080308@digitalbazaar.com>
On 06/08/2016 08:10 PM, Eric Korb wrote:
> With respect to the TBD Credential.  "Digital Credential" seems to
> work across ecosystem.  Web Credential seems a bit constrained,
> although I agree we do need the Web at some point to evaluate and
> verify them. However, it could be possible to read and verify a
> Digital Credential off-line if the public key was downloaded and
> stored off-line with the Digital Credential's meta-data.

I worry that both "Digital Credential" and "Web Credential" don't
actually add any real meaning to the word. Every type of credential in
the technology space is "digital" and most of them are used on the Web.

I'd prefer "Identity Credential" because it clearly indicates that these
credentials are for establishing identity. They are not, for example,
security or payment credentials. These are both other uses of the word
"credential" from communities that will likely be using "identity"
credentials alongside these other types -- and security and payment
credentials are already both "digital" and "on the Web".

Dave Longley
Digital Bazaar, Inc.
Received on Thursday, 9 June 2016 11:36:15 UTC

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