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Re: Archaic HTTP "From:" Header

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Thu, 04 Apr 2013 09:45:21 -0400
Message-ID: <515D83F1.5020706@openlinksw.com>
To: public-webid@w3.org
On 4/4/13 6:11 AM, Melvin Carvalho wrote:
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> On 4 April 2013 03:32, Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com 
> <mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com>> wrote:
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>     On 4/3/13 7:01 PM, Mark Nottingham wrote:
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>         On 04/04/2013, at 4:18 AM, Kingsley Idehen
>         <kidehen@openlinksw.com <mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com>> wrote:
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>             All,
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>             I think the HTTP "From:" header [1] is now truly archaic
>             circa. 2013. If the range of this particular predicate was
>             a URI it would really aid our quest for a RWW.
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>         It's in active use by spiders and robots.
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>             Suggestion:
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>             As part of our RWW bootstrap effort, we could consider an
>             "X-From:" header that basically takes a URI or Literal value.
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>             I think we can flesh this out across WebID and RWW via
>             implementations before moving up to TAG and IETF.
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>             Mark: what do you think, anyway ? :-)
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>         If you want something that takes a link, we have a Link header.
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>         Whatever you do, don't prefix it with X-.
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>         Cheers,
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>         Mark Nottingham http://www.mnot.net/
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>     Okay re. not taking the X- route.
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>     With regards to "From:" I am saying it should accept literals or
>     URIs instead of just literals. Net effect, I can then use:
>     kidehen@openlinksw.com <mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com> or
>     <mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com <mailto:kidehen@openlinksw.com>> or
>     <http://kingsley.idehen.net/dataspace/person/kidehen#this> .
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>     "Link:" is also a good idea, I'll maul this over as it could also
>     work from the desired bootstrap perspective.
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> +1
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> In fact we could call this "WebID Simple" perhaps?

The name should reflect use. Here we want to place a WebID in the 
"From:" header in an HTTP request. We then seek to have a server verify 
the WebID in "From:" using:

1. a simple profile lookup -- no TLS
2. a more secure lookup -- using TLS i.e., WebID+TLS (this would mean 
using HTTP redirection to an HTTPS URL that forces the client to present 
a Certificate with a WebID watermark).

Kingsley
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>     Kingsley Idehen
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>     OpenLink Software
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