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Re: Renaming Object Capabilities to Authorization Capabilities?

From: Brent Zundel <brent.zundel@evernym.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2018 10:22:24 -0600
Message-ID: <CAHR74YU706rL6gcnAiT0FUo_mUWtw3bTkvTBLLmAd2j-iqUMBw@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Jordan, John CITZ:EX" <John.Jordan@gov.bc.ca>
Cc: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
+1

On Sat, Nov 3, 2018, 10:14 Jordan, John CITZ:EX <John.Jordan@gov.bc.ca
wrote:

> +1
>
> > On Nov 3, 2018, at 08:27, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> 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
> >
> > --
> > Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
> > Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
> > blog: Veres One Decentralized Identifier Blockchain Launches
> > https://tinyurl.com/veres-one-launches
> >
>
>
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