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Re: Mozilla Formally Objects to DID Core

From: Steve Capell <steve.capell@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 2 Sep 2021 14:25:49 +1000
Message-Id: <DBCD5A5E-A231-4B99-BC21-1741B18CBEBB@gmail.com>
Cc: Orie Steele <orie@transmute.industries>, "W3C Credentials CG (Public List)" <public-credentials@w3.org>
To: Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com>
We’ll that’s true too

A confusion of methods is tricky for the un-initiated.  But do we prefer to let the powerful dictate a few or let the market decide which of the many survive.  I can certainly sympathise with the “be open and let the market decide” approach 

But with that probably comes some obligation to help users navigate the market.  Which method is supported by who? What problem does it focus on solving? Which methods are seeing the greatest uptake ?

I do find it a bit hard to figure out 

Steven Capell
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> On 2 Sep 2021, at 1:22 pm, Christopher Allen <ChristopherA@lifewithalacrity.com> wrote:
>> On Wed, Sep 1, 2021 at 7:17 PM Steve Capell <steve.capell@gmail.com> wrote:
>> Can’t help but sympathise with the concern around the cacophony of DID methods
> All I can say is the many examples of the success of architectures leveraging multiple methods based on history history. In my case, Microsoft would have blocked TLS if we (the TLS editors) didn't support their Kerberos cypher suite, (a "method"). Which of course, no one used, and I later heard from one of the engineers was known to be more market positional than any technical reality.
> But Microsoft would have bounced TLS and used their only embrace & extend (effectively SSL 2.1) fork if we didn't accept Kerberos. There were also many more ciphersuites that were never used except in POCs. I argued in TLS 1.3 that we should deprecate more of them by putting expiration dates on them, and I also requested that we learn from that lesson and do the same with DIDs, but there wasn't consensus for this.
> My opinion is most DID methods will evolve or disappear as the market matures. IMHO this is the whole reason why we elected to use methods in the DID architecture in the first place. It also allows for innovation while discouraging blocking.
> -- Christopher Allen

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