proposes the formation of a new OpenID working group. The charter and
background information for the proposed group are as follows.
(i) WG name: OpenID v.Next Discovery.
(ii) Purpose: Produce a discovery specification or family of discovery
specifications for OpenID v.Next that address the limitations and drawbacks
present in the OpenID 2.0 discovery facilities that limit OpenID?s
applicability, adoption, usability, privacy, and security. Specific goals
? enable discovery for and normalization of OpenID identifiers,
including those utilizing e-mail address syntax and those that are URLs,
? enable discovery of features supported by OpenID v.Next OpenID
Providers and Relying Parties,
? enable discovery of attributes about OpenID v.Next OPs and RPs,
including, but not limited to visual logos and human-readable site names,
? enable discovery supporting a spectrum of clients, including passive
clients per current usage, thin active clients, and active clients with OP
? enable discovery supporting authentication to and use of attributes
by non-browser applications,
? enable discovery of public keys,
? enable potential mechanisms for discovering context-relevant OpenID
? seamlessly integrate with and complement the other OpenID v.Next
Compatibility with OpenID 2.0 is an explicit non-goal for this
(iii) Scope: Produce a next generation OpenID discovery specification or
specifications, consistent with the purpose statement.
(iv) Proposed List of Specifications: OpenID v.Next Discovery and
possibly related specifications.
(v) Anticipated audience or users of the work: Implementers of OpenID
Providers, Relying Parties, Active Clients, and non-browser applications
(vi) Language in which the WG will conduct business: English.
(vii) Method of work: E-mail discussions on the working group mailing
list, working group conference calls, and face-to-face meetings at the
Internet Identity Workshop and OpenID summits.
(viii) Basis for determining when the work of the WG is completed: Work
will not be deemed to be complete until there is a consensus that the
resulting protocol specification or family of specifications fulfills the
working group goals. Additional proposed changes beyond that initial
consensus will be evaluated on the basis of whether they increase or
decrease consensus within the working group. The work will be completed
once it is apparent that maximal consensus on the draft has been achieved,
consistent with the purpose and scope.
(b) Background Information.
(i) Related work being done in other WGs or organizations: OpenID
Authentication 2.0 and related specifications, including Yadis 1.0. OAuth
and OAuth 2.0. XRDS, XRD, host-meta, Web Linking, XAuth, LRDD, and
Allen Tom, atom at yahoo-inc.com, Yahoo! (co-chair)
Michael B. Jones, mbj at microsoft.com, Microsoft (co-chair)
John Bradley, ve7jtb at ve7jtb.com, independent
Dick Hardt, dick.hardt at gmail.com, independent
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