Identity, complemented with an icon?

Christopher Granade cgranade at
Thu Dec 29 05:26:36 UTC 2005

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Adding this to the Wiki at and adding a
link to the new page from More Information on the main page.

- --Chris

Johannes Ernst wrote:
> Within XML-VCards -- the version of VCards we use for profile data
> representation in LID -- there's an element called PHOTO. I've seen
> people use this to point to a photo of themselves.
> To get at it from a YADIS environment, do this:
> 1) take identity URL
> 2) determine whether it supports the LID Traversal Profile and the LID
> VCard profile, and from which URL (let's call that the LIDURL)
> 3) perform HTTP GET on LIDURL?xpath=/VCARD/PHOTO
> On Dec 27, 2005, at 21:11, Christopher Granade wrote:
> Seems like it should be simple to introduce a "favatar" service URI, and
> simply list it as being another service offered.
> --Chris
> Jason S wrote:
>>>> BLAH
>>>> I didn't mean to ACTUALLY reply into that thread, but clicking reply was
>>>> the quickest way to get the list address again...
>>>> Pardon the repost, but it's MUCH better to have these threads seperated,
>>>> because, uhhh, they deal with different subject matter :P.
>>>> So, repost ahoy!:
>>>> I think I may have just stumbled onto an awesome idea to complement
>>>> 'identities'.
>>>> I've been reading a lot about Favicons (like the official specifications
>>>> and the like), and thanks to the wide wide web world of links, I found
>>>> 'Favatars'.
>>>> (Note: Some of you may remember 'Gravatars', this is the same thing but
>>>> decentralized.  Hey, just like OpenID/LID and Passport! :D)
>>>> The Wikipedia entry for favicons makes mention of a 'favatar'.  It's
>>>> essentially, YOUR favicon, on someone elses site.
>>>> What's the big deal?
>>>> Well... OpenID (and LID, right?) identifies you by a URI, and that URI
>>>> can (and often does) feature a favicon, either referenced in <link>, or
>>>> omni-present at /favicon.ico
>>>> There's a plugin for WordPress where commenters who fill out their 'URL'
>>>> address get their 16x16 favatar shown on the top right hand side of
>>>> their comment.
>>>> As we all (should :D) know, favicons are one of two things:
>>>> Simply a favicon.ico file in your web root, or <link>'ed too, much like
>>>> openid.server and identity.server  :-D !
>>>> It doesn't need to be a part of the spec, but a small mention of it on
>>>> the page (perhaps this applies to LID and YADIS
>>>> too?) would be really cool in my opinion.
>>>> (Much in the same way that the form name doesn't HAVE to be openid_url,
>>>> but it makes things easier and more convenient to users).
>>>> Just a suggestion for designers to 'sniff' out a favicon and use it on
>>>> the site wherever desired (IF desired!).
>>>> Thanks  :-) .
>>>> Oh, and Happy Holidays folks.  I'm only posting this because I'm stuck
>>>> at work!  :-)

> Johannes Ernst

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