About WedId support

This is a playground for FOAF+SSL integration in XWiki.
Currently you can get yourself an account on here, the normal way, then create yourself a WebID


  • Create an account here with a password
  • On your profile page create a WebId: just click the "create certificate" button and a certificate will be added to your browser
  • You can then login to a growing number of sites 


  • When you get yourself a WebId you automatically get an OpenId too that uses foaf+ssl authentication via http://openid4.me/ . The openid is a bit ugly for the moment (it is too long). Making it shorter is on the todo list below.


  • of course the certificates created here should be created behind https in order to avoid a man in the middle attack in the certificate generation process
     (given that WebIds are not being used for anything much this is not an urgent issue - but of course people will point this out)
  • Looking for ways to simplify IE cert creation!!! Please let us know of any cool tricks you may know of.
  • Public profiles should have beautiful URLs, and short ones too ( something like http://webid.myxwiki.org/id/bblfish )
  • Add the ability to login to this site using WebIDs create elsewhere (or from this site). We will do this in two steps
    1. Use an external FOAF+SSL identity provider, such as https://foafssl.org/srv/idp
    2. Build a component that can be added to XWiki or Restlets so as to not require an external IDP (this will require support for https though)
  • Add Access Controls to parts of this wiki for members of given foaf:Groups
  • [enter your idea]

Web site Issues

XWiki deploys profiles in  RDFa, which is still very new. A lot of the foaf+ssl community is just moving over to supporting that, so
a number of sites will seem broken when attaching from here.

  • The Cheese Lover's club is not functioning
  • Ontowiki's login feedback is way too minimal for the moment

Browser issues

  • None of the browsers are good at showing the user which cert he is using. But developments are on their way:
  • Firefox and Opera work very well. 
  • for Chrome on OSX try the latest development snapshots . ( issue 37765 was fixed 16 March )
  • Safari on OSX has the same issue as Chrome above, but it is very difficult to get any response from their developers through their bug database. If you know how to bring their attention please do.

Please feel free to get an account and edit this wiki. Send feedback to the foaf-protocols mailing list


The code to add to XWiki to enable this is available here http://github.com/bblfish/keygenapp in the xwiki subdirectory

More about XWiki itself

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