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Re: Publication of VC API as VCWG Draft Note

From: Daniel Hardman <daniel.hardman@gmail.com>
Date: Sun, 20 Nov 2022 00:11:46 +0100
Message-ID: <CACU_chnN8jzaTjR4gqSXuiCRC3tq4sedD5f-23SGSsJ-CSZi1g@mail.gmail.com>
To: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Cc: W3C Credentials CG <public-credentials@w3.org>
> I'll also note, and this is probably completely unrelated :P, that
> both Microsoft and MATTR are working on APIs related to Verifiable
> Credential issuance and presentation in the OpenID Foundation and that
> might be factoring into these objections:
> https://openid.net/specs/openid-connect-4-verifiable-credential-issuance-1_0-05.html
> Nah, that couldn't be it. :P

For the record, I object as well, and I am NOT working on APIs related to
VC issuance. However, my objections to this API work were raised a couple
years ago, two employers aago, so they're not news, and I don't expect them
to make any difference now. I'm just bringing them up so that the record
doesn't show objections only from MATTR and Microsoft.

The fact is that, although such a document is non-normative, it gets
bundled with normative items in the minds of many, and the normative
distinction is unlikely to be emphasized by VC-API proponents in their
narratives. Publishing such a note is thus a political move by its
proponents. The fact that opponents react politically is not surprising and
doesn't mean their motives are any less noble than its proponents.
Proponents are working on APIs related to VC issuance -- these -- and very
much want their APIs to be painted with an official W3C brush.

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