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Re: Renaming Object Capabilities to Authorization Capabilities?

From: Adam Lake <alake@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2018 11:56:55 -0400
To: public-credentials@w3.org
Message-ID: <de051119-39d4-b9e1-678c-94f340fc6cee@digitalbazaar.com>

On 11/3/2018 11:25 AM, Manu Sporny wrote:
> Hi all,
> This is related to the OCAP-LD spec that some of us are working on in
> this community:
> https://w3c-ccg.github.io/ocap-ld/
> Digital Bazaar's engagement with customers over the past several months
> wrt. the term "Object Capabilities" has resulted in confusion around
> exactly what an Object Capability is.
> Some history -- the "Object Capabilities" name was originally picked to
> differentiate from the "Linux Capabilities" stuff, which really didn't
> have much to do with capabilities (in the authorization sense). Object
> Capabilities makes more sense when you're talking about programming
> languages, but we don't really use it in that sense in this community.
> I propose we name the specification more appropriately in the hope that
> the name evokes what we're actually doing with the specification. The
> technology we're developing in this community specifically has to do
> with Authorization... capability-based authorization. Thus, I'm
> suggesting the spec is renamed to "Authorization Capabilities"...
> shortened to "zCaps" for the cool kids in the community.
> Also, this is a bike shed discussion, so I fully expect it to get out of
> hand and for us to have to do a poll like we did for the Verifiable
> Credentials terminology. Please only suggest names that you're committed
> to using with your customers (or that you would use with non-technical
> folks). If we get a bunch of +1s with no strong objections, we're
> done... and yes, I know that's wishful thinking. :)
> -- manu

Adam Lake
Director, Business Development
Digital Bazaar
Received on Saturday, 3 November 2018 15:57:29 UTC

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