Re: [VCARDDAV] Signed vCards

DataPacRat <datapacrat@gmail.com> Thu, 04 July 2013 17:36 UTC

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On Thu, Jul 4, 2013 at 8:56 AM, Eliot Lear <lear@cisco.com> wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On 7/4/13 5:56 AM, DataPacRat wrote:
>> On a somewhat related subject, I'm still new to the IETF, and still
>> going through various semi-relevant RFCs. If nobody minds my asking;
>> once the general back-and-forth on the idea seems done, and the
>> significant feedback has been fed... what would the most appropriate
>> next step be? Should I start writing up a preliminary draft all by
>> myself, or make some sort of official proposal to the working group,
>> or let someone else take the lead, or...?
>>
>
> First, I would like to refer you to the Tao of the IETF.  It gives a
> pretty good feel for how we do things.  Beyond that, a draft is always
> welcome.  I think it would be useful to explain in that draft why
> neither an S/MIME nor a PGP encrypted/signed object would do the job.
>
> http://www.ietf.org/tao.html
>
> Eliot

Thank you kindly for the reference; it's now near the top of my to-read pile.

To offer a new answer your question, there's a now-classic essay,
"Falsehoods Programmers Believe About Names", available through
https://tinyurl.com/locusBadNames , which could be adapted quite
easily to "email addresses" or "PGP keys" or "chains of certificate
authority trust". Online identities are often much more complicated
than having a single email address in one's PGP key identity field,
and adding a surprisingly small number of items to the vCard format
can allow for vCards to cover a much more comprehensive range of them.



Thank you for your time,
--
DataPacRat
"Then again, I could be wrong."