url -> name

Ben Hyde bhyde at pobox.com
Mon May 23 13:21:37 PDT 2005

On May 23, 2005, at 4:00 PM, Brad Fitzpatrick wrote:
> On Mon, 23 May 2005, Ben Hyde wrote:
>> The mention of FOAF in the current spec is a vestigial organ, right?
> The way it's mentioned in the spec is correct:  the helper on the
> consumer's site can do whatever it wants...

Well certainly it can do what ever it wants; including returning FOAF 
streams of customized ads it fetched from comarketing partners :-)] to 
it's AJAX java script that's running on the user's browser.  I don't 
think that
needs to be in the spec though.

I'd move any discussion of what kind of clever things might be done with
the info on the user's page to a non-normative appendix.  Like you say 

> maybe it returns/parses a FOAF
> or hCARD or XFN... whatever.

It gets kind of rich on heuristics at that point.

> Once you know a user does indeed own a URL
> tree, you can trust any document underneith it,

for some definition of trust :-)

  - ben

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