On 1/15/07, <b class="gmail_sendername">Dick Hardt</b> <<a href="mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com</a>> wrote:<div><span class="gmail_quote"></span><div>> From threads on the ID Gang list, it would seem you are<br>
> supportive of the URL based attribute schema approach.<br>Errrrr... We're not supposed to mention discussions on the ID Gang List off-list... :-) But, in any case, *yes* I am very supportive of the general concept of URL based attributes and fine-grained attribute exchange between applications based on mechanisms which allow the expression of semantic and syntactical relationships between attributes.
<br><br>I am, however, somewhat concerned that something which should be a general technique is being defined as an "identity-specific" method. I would be much happier if the business of establishing relationships between attributes was defined in an application agnostic, general fashion and then referenced by identity-specific specifications. The "web of attributes" or "web of schemas" is something which has great utility far-beyond the realm of identity. As such, I think it would be good to relieve the identity space from the full burden of supporting it's definition and development. If the idea is more generally expressed, those working in other spaces, and not caring as much about identity as we might, will be able to get involved, work through issues, contribute, and debate in non-identity forums. My feeling is that the identity space needs focus and should avoid taking on general issues unless there is absolutely no other alternative. If at all possible, other forums should be encouraged to carry some of the burden of working through the non-identity-specific issues which facilitate identity related applications but are not exclusively identity technology.