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Re: [webauthn] Removing “lightning” from AuthenticatorTransport (#1294)

From: Maciej Stachowiak via GitHub <sysbot+gh@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2019 02:13:45 +0000
To: public-webauthn@w3.org
Message-ID: <issue_comment.created-529738497-1568081624-sysbot+gh@w3.org>
We want to say "usb" anywhere we'd say "lightning" because to us lightning is just another funny flavor of USB connector, like USB-A, USB-C and micro-USB. If we do that but the spec includes "lightning", that will confuse people. There is an argument that separating lightning will lead to a better use experience, but we, who are ultimately in charge of the user experience on the only devices with a native lightning connector do not think so.

If the argument is maximum information, then "usb-a" and "usb-c" should be separate. The response was that those are folded together because they are widely cross-adaptable, so it hurts more than it helps to treat them as different. We feel the same way about lightning, and we believe lightning and other flavors of USB are also widely cross-adaptable. The counter argument is that maybe lightning adapters are not as common. Is there some objective threshold of adapter availability that we could use as the dividing line?

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