[OpenID] GRDDL and OpenID

Bob Wyman bob at wyman.us
Fri Feb 2 19:17:19 UTC 2007

On 2/2/07, Martin Atkins <mart at degeneration.co.uk> wrote:> For one thing,
it's a lot easier to remember strings like
> openid.server or openid2.provider than something like
> http://specs.openid.net/auth/2.0/provider
Martin is undoubtedly correct in saying that short strings may be more
memorable than URIs, however, I think it is fair to point out that these
strings need only be "remembered" very infrequently. Human beings don't get
exposed to the strings very frequently. Other than the one-time lookup
needed when you're actually writing some OpenID code, the only other time
you're likely to even see the strings is when you're doing some debugging.
Thus, I would suggest that the problem of memorability is really relatively
minor compared to just about any other benefit that might be suggested. I
think the semantic web folk would probably agree with this reasoning as

In any case, if the URI is something like "
http://specs.openid.net/auth/2.0/provider", the bulk of that URI is actually
a fairly easy to remember invariant prefix. Thus, to "one skilled in the
art" it is actually only marginally less memorable than a semantically
equivalent short string.

bob wyman
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