identity as a URL instead of an email? hrmmmm

Martin Atkins mart at
Sun Mar 26 13:53:38 UTC 2006

Kaliya * wrote:
> I am not sure if it has been posted on this list yet but at etech I met Alex
> Jacobs who developed
> "We already use email addresses to identify users and we already use mail
> domains to authenticate them (via confirmation emails). We should use that
> infrastructure so users only ever log in on their mail domain server and
> sites can use those logins to authenticate those users when they
> visit."......

That's another "map email address to some URL" approach.

It also requires that the user be able to manipulate DNS for his domain
in order to use his vanity domain as an email address. Most people who
have vanity email domains are just using some kind of cute forwarding
service to get mail to a real mailbox, so they can't possibly make DNS
changes under that domain.

Also, as a side note, I've not got much respect for someone who thinks
that it's a good idea to publish this on the web for client-side processing:
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8' ?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="/s/style2.xsl" ?>
<index/> makes me think that this is someone who hasn't quite grasped the
current realities of the network, which was also the first thing I
thought when I saw this "magic DNS" approach.

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