UI for client cert selection (Was: Releasing RWW.IO)

Tim Berners-Lee does not appear in my email inbox very frequently ... but when he does i always listen intently.


Here he is working on a solution to this pesky identity problem we have on the Web. 

source: from an email on the WebId group of W3C

Tim Berners-Lee

11:51 AM (23 hours ago)


to Anders, Andrei, public-webid, public-rww
On 2014-05 -03, at 10:45, Anders Rundgren <anders.rundgren.net@gmail.com
> wrote:
>
> We can call it whatever we like, the user-experience offered by WebID as featured
> on http://cimba.co web doesn't meet reasonable user expectations [..]

So imagine the browser was going to be changed to make that better.

People seem to widely agree that the client-side cert UI is bad on browsers
Can we at least do a thought experiment to be in a world where it is fixed -- what would that look like?
Maybe things like:-

- Allowing the user to click a check box on "Always use this persona (client-side cert) with this web site (domain)"
- Allowing a preferences access to manage the persona/website allocation matrix
- Allow more screen space for selecting those certs
- Allow a user to label, color, and suppress certs in the list
- By default, not including expired certs in the list
- Tracking which persona is in use on this website (only when a user has more than one) in the URL bar

and so on.  Maybe is someone sketched the UI then a browser code could be persuaded to do it.
It is necessary for existing client side cert sites anyway, and would maybe make the cimba.co experience
quite reasonable.

timbl


... i hope something like this gets adopted.   Think about it ... no more pesky passwords .

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