Request for comments: Sorting fields in signature generation

Martin Atkins mart at
Thu Sep 28 07:18:58 UTC 2006

Josh Hoyt wrote:
>> If that weren't so, then why is there the "openid." prefix to the
>> parameters in some of the messages?
> The reason that the parameters have "openid." at the beginning is so
> that it is clear that they are part of the OpenID protocol message and
> not intended to be operated on by the application that is processing
> the OpenID request. Basically, to reduce the likelihood of name
> collisions with parameters that the application uses.

An example, just to make doubly sure that everyone knows what's being 
discussed here...

If I have:
<link rel="openid.server" href="" />

...then when the OpenID request is made, it's important that the 
argument given there is preserved:

However, the relying party doesn't want that IDP-specific "user" 
argument passed back to it. In fact, it possibly has its own set of args:

openid.return_url= to avoid conflicts between these unqualified namespaces, I believe 
the IDP should only return back the spec-defined openid.whatever args to 
the relying party.

If the relying party needs to round-trip arguments back to itself, it 
can do that by including them in the openid.return_url value as shown 
above, return_url is included in the response signature.

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