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  • Subject: Re: [Metadata-Support] Oddities with the interface for Delegated Admins
  • Date: Tue, 1 Aug 2017 16:01:14 -0600
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Hi Rob,

You are correct, the interface should perform input validation and alert
you to issues with submitted metadata before allowing you to submit it.

InCommon is planning to release a new version of the Federation Manager
later this fall that will include such input validation. Until then,
please bear with us when submitting metadata as a delegated admin, and
do feel free to reach out to us at

if you encounter
any issues with the interface.

Best regards,

Nick Roy, Director of Technology and Strategy, InCommon

On 8/1/17 3:13 PM, Rob Moser wrote:
> Hello All,
> I'm not sure if any of this would count as a bug, or if I'm just
> fundamentally misunderstanding the interface (I am a new Delegated
> Admin).
> As a Delegated Admin, I logged in to the Federation Manager and edited
> the metadata for one of the SP entities over which I have delegated
> authority. I cut-and-pasted some of values into the edit form, and I
> believe the value for the Location URL of the Discovery Response must
> have ended up with a trailing space on the end. I hit "Submit
> Changes" and it took me to a page that I _think_ is supposed to
> indicate that the changes are awaiting approval (though that's a bit
> unclear.)
> One of our site admins then logged in to approve my change, but when
> she submitted, it returned an error message saying:
> Entities is invalid
> location attributes must be http or https urls
> And would not accept the update. Eventually I discovered the trailing
> space in the produced metadata, and convinced the interface to remove
> it (I appeared to have to make non-whitespace changes first, submit,
> then change it back to the original value but without the whitespace
> in order to get it to recognize the change. But I am not 100% certain
> of this.)
> So:
> 1) If there is something structurally wrong with my submissions as a
> Delegated Admin, shouldn't it tell _me_ that, when I submit it for
> approval?
> 2) If trailing whitespace is not allowed, perhaps the interface should
> strip it?
> 3) If it isn't going to be stripped, and whitespace is relevant, I
> would think the interface should allow me to make whitespace-only
> changes. (Though again, I may have just misinterpreted the results
> when I tried this.)
> Or am I just misunderstanding the intended roles of the Delegated and
> Site Admins?
> Thanks for any advice,
> - rob.

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