[Openid-specs-ab] Loose use of the word "identity"

Nat Sakimura sakimura at gmail.com
Wed Dec 14 11:17:35 UTC 2011


Looks like we are using the word "identity" too loosely.
Sometimes, it seems it should be identifier instead of identity.

e.g., Section 8.7 of the Messages writes: "The resource verifies that
incoming tokens include its identity as the audience of the token." It
probably should be identifier.

I am going to do the pass through.

IMHO, it is better to avoid the use of layman's word "identity".
FYI, ISO and ITU-T defines "identity" as the "set of attributes about an
entity".
We should stick to that definition.

-- 
Nat Sakimura (=nat)
Chairman, OpenID Foundation
http://nat.sakimura.org/
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