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UI for client cert selection (Was: Releasing RWW.IO)

From: Tim Berners-Lee <timbl@w3.org>
Date: Sat, 3 May 2014 14:51:17 -0400
Cc: Andrei Sambra <andrei.sambra@gmail.com>, public-webid <public-webid@w3.org>, "public-rww@w3.org" <public-rww@w3.org>
Message-Id: <C92A70CC-9E17-464B-8343-8645D76E7057@w3.org>
To: Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com>

On 2014-05 -03, at 10:45, Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com> wrote:
> We can call it whatever we like, the user-experience offered by WebID as featured
> on http://cimba.co web doesn't meet reasonable user expectations [..]

So imagine the browser was going to be changed to make that better.

People seem to widely agree that the client-side cert UI is bad on browsers
Can we at least do a thought experiment to be in a world where it is fixed -- what would that look like?
Maybe things like:-

- Allowing the user to click a check box on "Always use this persona (client-side cert) with this web site (domain)"
- Allowing a preferences access to manage the persona/website allocation matrix
- Allow more screen space for selecting those certs
- Allow a user to label, color, and suppress certs in the list
- By default, not including expired certs in the list
- Tracking which persona is in use on this website (only when a user has more than one) in the URL bar

and so on.  Maybe is someone sketched the UI then a browser code could be persuaded to do it.
It is necessary for existing client side cert sites anyway, and would maybe make the cimba.co experience 
quite reasonable.


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