The 'acct' URI Scheme
draft-ietf-appsawg-acct-uri-00

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Network Working Group                                     P. Saint-Andre
Internet-Draft                                       Cisco Systems, Inc.
Intended status: Standards Track                         August 14, 2012
Expires: February 15, 2013

                         The 'acct' URI Scheme
                     draft-ietf-appsawg-acct-uri-00

Abstract

   This document defines the 'acct' URI scheme as a way to identify a
   user's account at a service provider, irrespective of the particular
   protocols that can be used to interact with the account.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   2.  Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   3.  Definition  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

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1.  Introduction

   Existing URI schemes that enable interaction with, or that identify
   resources associated with, a user's account at a service provider are
   tied to particular services or application protocols.  Two examples
   are the 'mailto' scheme (which enables interaction with a user's
   email account) and the 'http' scheme (which enables retrieval of web
   files controlled by a user or interaction with interfaces providing
   information about a user).  However, there exists no URI scheme that
   generically identifies a user's account at a service provider, in the
   absence of interaction with the account using a particular
   application protocol.  This specification fills that gap.

2.  Rationale

   During formalization of the WebFinger protocol
   [I-D.jones-appsawg-webfinger], much discussion occurred regarding the
   appropriate URI scheme to include when specifying a user's account as
   a web link [RFC5988].  Although both the 'mailto' [RFC6068] and
   'http' [RFC2616] schemes were proposed, not all service providers
   support email services or web interfaces on behalf of user accounts
   (e.g., a microblogging or instant messaging provider might not
   provide email services, or an enterprise might not provide HTTP
   interfaces to information about its employees).  Therefore, the
   discussants recognized that it would be helpful to define a URI
   scheme that could be used to generically identify a user's account at
   a service provider, irrespective of the particular services or
   application protocols that could be used to interact with the
   account.  The result was the 'acct' URI scheme defined in this
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