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Re: Proposed work item: did:key DID Method

From: Melvin Carvalho <melvincarvalho@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 24 Nov 2019 18:35:41 +0100
Message-ID: <CAKaEYhJX=9Q2AqCJMkHO4Ft-S=cegtLDzzV_6FF4GQBPBkw84w@mail.gmail.com>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: W3C Credentials Community Group <public-credentials@w3.org>
On Sun, 24 Nov 2019 at 16:57, Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:

> On 11/24/19 5:54 AM, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
> > Not to be pedantic, but is there an actual working example of this
> > method?
> Yes:
> https://github.com/digitalbazaar/did-method-key-js
> with a minimal test:
> https://github.com/digitalbazaar/did-method-key-js/blob/master/tests/driver.spec.js
> Orie (Transmute) has also put together an implementation here:
> https://github.com/transmute-industries/did-key
> with a demo here:
> https://did-key.web.app/
> > The above JSON gives syntax errors (even after removing the "..."
> > parts)
> Yes, I was just providing a rough sketch of how we could achieve what
> Orie was asking for... it wasn't meant to be a fully baked working
> example since it speculates on where the DID WG might land on whether or
> not to allow two parallel key expressions for the same key (base58 and
> JWK, for example).
> > But controller doesnt seem to be explained anywhere in that
> > document.
> Yes, the document is out of date... things are moving quickly in the DID
> WG and we're trying to see where things settle before putting something
> permanently into the Linked Data Security vocabulary/context. We've
> found in the past that when we add stuff that's experimental, and note
> that it's experimental, that developers end up relying on it and then we
> can't remove the experimental stuff... ever. So, the published
> vocabularies and JSON-LD Contexts are usually the *last* thing to get
> updated... typically during CR. In the meantime, we publish static
> copies of the documents via stuff like:
> https://github.com/w3c-dvcg/security-vocab/blob/master/contexts/security-v2.jsonld#L39
> which is published here:
> https://www.npmjs.com/package/security-context
> That package can be npm installed and then used with the JSON-LD
> document loader mechanism to automatically load the latest security
> context, example here:
> https://github.com/digitalbazaar/bedrock-security-context/blob/master/lib/index.js#L7
> Hope that helps... don't expect all of this stuff to be production ready
> yet... we're putting these items into the group early in the process so
> that we can work out the kinks together. We've used it internally, we're
> pretty sure it works for our use cases, we still need to see if others
> in this group can find issues with the proposal and see if they have
> other use cases they want the spec to cover. Expect the spec and design
> to change over the next couple of months. :)

Thanks.  I now have my own did:key at


So the issue I had in general.  Last time we chatted you suggested that
did:key was a simple place to get started with did.

For that reason, I spent a couple of hours diving in.  As someone with
reasonable familiarity with linked data, crypto and did, I thought I'd be
able to figure out the spec.

But it was more complex that I thought.  I appreciate it's a work in
progress, but without those links that you just helped out with, it would
have not been easy for a developer to know that from reading the spec.

Given that linked data is self describing, the idea to look at the ontology
to find out more was the first port of call.  So while I can now locate the
context, there's not an easy way to understand what im seeing.


For example these 4 terms are not all together intuitive.  And it's not
obvious where to find out more information.  There was little in the spec
to explain what's going on.

It would be great to have a better understanding of thse 4 terms and to a
lesser extent "authentication", tho I suspect that means what I think it
means.  The terms inside keyAgreement were also something of a black box

Mainly writing this out as feedback for the developer experience.

> -- manu
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