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Re: How transportable are WebIDs ?

From: Stéphane Corlosquet <scorlosquet@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2011 11:10:36 -0500
Message-ID: <AANLkTinpQt9e4GHKyp6MkbAt0Dd=W+mD8THj3j2eaUQg@mail.gmail.com>
To: Seth Russell <russell.seth@gmail.com>
Cc: WebID Incubator Group WG <public-xg-webid@w3.org>
Hi Seth,

On Wed, Feb 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM, Seth Russell <russell.seth@gmail.com>wrote:

> Can i ask a question here even though i'm not a member of the working
> group?

You sure can, the public-xg-webid@w3.org mailing list is public and for
comments/questions like yours. Minor note: W3C terms, we're not referred to
as a working group (WG) but as an incubator group (XG).

> This may be covered in the new spec, but can't find it.

The WebID XG homepage (http://www.w3.org/2005/Incubator/webid/) contains a
link to the latest spec:


> My understanding is that WebID works because it ties "a User Agent to a URI
> by proving that one has write access to the URI".   I can see how that works
> where the write access to the URI is provided by a single service, like for
> example foaf.me or openlinksw.com.  But how does it work where a different
> service is asked to bind a different user agent to that *same* URI?   For
> example can i get a URI and a certificate installed in my Firefox browser
> from foaf.me,  and then on my  iPod bind that same URI to the Safari of my
> pod?  But let's suppose that the foar.me service can't bind the Safari in
> my iPod to that URI, but that openlinkssw.com can.   Isn't that not a
> valid way that people will expect a transportable identity string to work
> for them?  Has this been demonstrated to work?
> If this is not the proper place to ask this question, i apologize, and
> request redirection.
> Seth Russell
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