Request for comments: Sorting fields in signature generation

Marius Scurtescu marius at
Wed Sep 27 19:40:55 UTC 2006

On 27-Sep-06, at 12:22 PM, Johannes Ernst wrote:

> On Sep 27, 2006, at 12:08, Marius Scurtescu wrote:
>> Multi-valued fields represent lists. Lists are very useful data  
>> structures, and yes, lists can be misused/abused.
> Now you are knocking down the wrong strawman. Just because there  
> are examples where lists are useful, it does not mean that  
> everything must be a list (which is how I understand the proposal  
> -- "anything could be multi-valued").

Sorry for the misunderstanding, but the suggestion definitely was  
not  "anything could be multi-valued". The suggestion was to keep  
multi-valued parameters in mind when defining sorting so extension  
can used them if needed. The core OpenID parameters would stay single- 

> By the way, I think you mean "set" not "list" because it was the  
> lack of ordering in sets that caused you to start this thread.

Well, yes, sorting is not well defined. But this collection is not a  
set either (you can have multiple identical values as well). You can  
call it a multi-set or bag if you want.


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