I came across this idea of .well-known Uniform Resource Identifier (URI) today from a blog post by Jim Nielsen and I can imagine a lot of use cases where this idea can be put to efficient use. The
.well-known directory is a convention used by web developers to store files that are used to provide valuable information for web applications. Within the
.well-known directory, there are several subdirectories we can use to store specific files or data. One example is
/.well-known/acme-challenge/, which is used by web developers to verify domain ownership when requesting SSL certificates.
Another example is
/.well-known/openid-configuration/, which is a subdirectory used to provide the necessary configuration information for implementing OpenID Connect on a given domain.
These are just a couple of examples, and there are other files that can be stored in the .well-known directory. The purpose of this directory structure is to give web developers a standardized place to store important files that web applications need to function properly.
I’m looking forward to put this .well-known directory to lot of uses.
If you are already using this magic directory or you have any thoughts about putting it to other useful uses, please let me know.
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