Re: Important Question re. WebID Verifiers & Linked Data

On 21 Dec 2011, at 14:46, Kingsley Idehen wrote:

> Is a WebID verifier supposed to be a Linked Data consumer ?
> Is a WebID verifier supposed to be an RDF consumer?
> Please understand that RDF != Linked Data. It's just one of the options for creating and publishing Linked Data.

If, as you say (and I’d agree), RDF-published-as-Linked Data is one of the options of “Linked Data”, then WebID is surely  both — but it's possible that it isn't a Linked Data consumer for all of the different flavours of Linked Data that you’d like.

>From my reading of the specification, right now, a WebID verifier is a Linked Data consumer which is capable of consuming RDF/XML and RDFa. It could consume other things as well, but those two are what's baked into the spec. A consumer which can *also* handle XRDS, InfoCard and HTML5 Microdata is also fine and conformant.

> In addition:
> Is a WebID verifier supposed to be an HTTP client?

At a minimum, yes. As with the representations, there's no reason why it can't be an HTTP client and also an LDAP client and a WHOIS client and a HKP client…

> Is a WebID verifier supposed to be able to leverage HTTP content negotiation?

Yes. If nothing else, the suggested WebID URI pattern won’t work for the vast majority of people without conneg…


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Received on Wednesday, 21 December 2011 17:35:39 UTC