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Re: Renaming Object Capabilities to Authorization Capabilities?

From: Moses Ma <moses.ma@futurelabconsulting.com>
Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2018 12:18:55 -0700
To: Public-Credentials <public-credentials@w3.org>
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 +1
 

 
How about  CapAuth  for the cool kids? It rolls off the tongue nicely.
 

 

 
 
 
 
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> On Nov 3, 2018 at 8:56 AM,  <Adam Lake (mailto:alake@digitalbazaar.com)>  wrote:
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>  +1 
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> 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 
> >  
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> Adam Lake 
> Director, Business Development 
> Digital Bazaar 
> Veres.io 
> 540-285-0083 
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