[OpenID] Proposal for Modularizing Auth 2.0 Discovery

Mark Baker distobj at acm.org
Mon Mar 5 16:51:50 UTC 2007

On 3/5/07, Stephen Paul Weber <singpolyma at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > > I own markbaker.ca., and publish http URIs in that namespace.  I might
> > > > (I don't) also have email addresses there, say mark at markbaker.ca.  If
> > > > a public standard were crafted which defined a mapping for
> > > > mailto:mark at markbaker.ca to something under http://markbaker.ca (say,
> > > > http://markbaker.ca/~mark), then by virtue of minting a new
> > > > markbaker.ca email address, the corresponding http URI is now
> > > > effectively reserved, and unavailable for me to use as anything other
> > > > than an alias.
> This is not fully true.  Since OpenID simply requires one to place
> invisible metadata in a page, that page can be ANYTHING and still work
> as an OpenID.  It can be an ad for rabbits and an openid for bill
> gates, and everything will work fine.

AFAIK, the invisible metadata you speak of is only defined for HTML.
Many of my URIs don't return HTML, they return images, RDF/XML, plain
text, etc..

Mark Baker.  Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA.         http://www.markbaker.ca
Coactus; Web-inspired integration strategies  http://www.coactus.com

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