Announcing OpenID Attribute Properties Draft 1

Martin Atkins mart at
Tue Sep 26 18:52:59 UTC 2006

Johannes Ernst wrote:
> I would agree with you that we should avoid premature standardization 
> for things that don't have sufficient consensus yet.
> Others argue that it is better to pick one of the alternatives as a 
> standard, and fix it later if needed, than to not have a standardized 
> facility for an important function (an argument that I understand).
> The current approach seems to be to go down the standardization route 
> and see how far we can go. It is certainly possible that as we go down 
> that route and improve the proposed specs, some of the objections will 
> disappear ...

Oh, I certainly agree that having one standard is a good goal. What I 
don't agree with is in-fighting about who gets to work on various 
things. I'm not so arrogant as to implicitly believe that my ideas are 
better than anyone else's, but that doesn't mean I won't have a go and 
try things out and see how they fare.

If something else turns out to be better (read: more liked by the 
general populace) then so be it, but I don't think anyone should be put 
off contributing a proposal just because someone else has decided that 
they "own" a particular area of thinking.

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