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New Web Payments Architecture document proposal

From: Manu Sporny <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>
Date: Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:17:58 -0400
Message-ID: <57644CE6.4070306@digitalbazaar.com>
To: Web Payments WG <public-payments-wg@w3.org>
CC: Web Payments IG <public-webpayments-ig@w3.org>
Hi all,

Now that the Browser API has settled down a bit and we've had some time
to establish a rhythm for the group, it might be good to (very briefly)
revisit the architecture document to make sure we're all still reading
off of the same page. I have to do this anyway for the HTTP API, so
decided to do the architecture document at the same time.

What follows is a high-level, very terse outline of the architecture as
it stands right now:


This need also came up recently during an internal company meeting as
well - we have a few new hires that would like to get involved in the
Web Payments work, but when they asked for a high-level overview of the
architecture we couldn't point them to a simple, up-to-date document.

While we're aware of AdrianHB's good work in this area (the wiki page),
we wanted something a tad less involved, less text, more images, more up
to date, and something that was a lead into our other specs.

In doing so, I strived to:

* Not put anything controversial in there
* Be terse and to the point, the document should be a 10 minute read
* Be more abstract than concrete - thus, the document really does talk
  about architecture and message flow, not implementation details
  or specifics. It's an approximation and is not specific in certain
  areas on purpose.
* Provide it as a jumping off point into all of our specs (which
  happens toward the bottom of the spec).

Please review and provide your thoughts.

I'd like to get this into the group as an ED soon and publish it as a
FPWD in July/Aug (possibly making a decision to do so at the F2F).

This is a request to spend 5 minutes on it during the next telecon.

-- manu

Manu Sporny (skype: msporny, twitter: manusporny, G+: +Manu Sporny)
Founder/CEO - Digital Bazaar, Inc.
blog: The Web Browser API Incubation Anti-Pattern
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