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Re: A WebID Implementation

From: Kingsley Idehen <kidehen@openlinksw.com>
Date: Sun, 18 May 2014 19:50:31 -0400
Message-ID: <53794747.2030807@openlinksw.com>
To: public-webid@w3.org
On 5/18/14 1:20 PM, Jeff Fuller wrote:
> Hello, everyone. My name is Jeff Fuller, and I want to share with you 
> my implementation of WebID that I developed for my website, 
> FictionVerse.net <https://fictionverse.net> . I haven't been involved 
> with this mailing list, and I don't mean to introduce myself by 
> advertising, but I've been eager to share my work. Part of the stated 
> purpose of the WebID Community Group is to "grow the community of 
> implementations", so I hope this will be deemed appropriate.
> You can read about the details of the implementation in a blog post I 
> made, 
> <https://blog.fictionverse.net/technology/the-fictionverse-webid-implementation/> 
> .. It's a long post with some example code towards the end. The tl;dr 
> version is that it uses a wildcard SSL certificate for WebID 
> authentication and persists sessions via cookies along with a little 
> trickery to emulate some useful features. It's ugly and perhaps not 
> totally innovative, but it does mask some of the issues commonly faced 
> when using WebID.
>  * It allows you to log in, log out, and change users at any time, as 
> often as needed, without restarting the browser.
>  * JavaScript can be used to detect a successful or failed login, 
> initiate a logout, and gain access to the authenticated WebID, in 
> real-time.
>  * Sessions are relatively easy to handle since they rely on cookies, 
> a mature and well-understood feature present in all browsers.
> That said, it's not a replacement for true identity management in the 
> browser and better API's for dealing with user authentication. As I 
> mention in the blog post, it's just a polyfill. It seems to be working 
> well enough so far though.
> I hope you find this to be informational, and I apologize if my 
> introduction here is bad form. I'm not subscribed to the list because 
> I don't feel like I can meaningfully contribute, but I do like to read 
> through the archives. I very much admire the work that all of you are 
> doing, and no matter what the future of WebID is, know that I'm at 
> least one more soul in the world who believes in it.
> Sincerely,
> Jeff Fuller
> <https://fictionverse.net/webid/jeff#id> 

Very nice!!



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