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A Common Schema for the Internet White Pages Service (RFC2218)

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Original Publication Date: 1997-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 7 page(s) / 15K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

T. Genovese: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This work is the result of the IETF Integrated Directory Services (IDS) Working Group. The IDS Working Group proposes a standard specification for a simple Internet White Pages service by defining a common schema for use by the various White Pages servers. This schema is independent of specific implementations of the White Pages service.

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Network Working Group T. Genovese

Request for Comments: 2218 Microsoft

Category: Standards Track B. Jennings

Sandia National Laboratory

October 1997

A Common Schema for the Internet White Pages Service

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This work is the result of the IETF Integrated Directory Services

(IDS) Working Group. The IDS Working Group proposes a standard

specification for a simple Internet White Pages service by defining a

common schema for use by the various White Pages servers. This

schema is independent of specific implementations of the White Pages

service.

This document specifies the minimum set of core attributes of a White

Pages entry for an individual and describes how new objects with

those attributes can be defined and published. It does not describe

how to represent other objects in the White Pages service. Further,

it does not address the search sort expectations within a particular

service.

1.0 Introduction to IWPS

The Internet community has stated a need for the development and

deployment of a White Pages service for use in locating information

about people in the Internet [PA94]. To facilitate interoperability

and to provide a common user experience, the Internet White Pages

Service (IWPS) must have a common set of information about each

person.

A common user object would allow a user to go between implementations

of the service and to expect consistency in the types of information

provided. A common user object would also provide developers with an

unambigious method of representing the information managed by the

service.

This document will focus only on common information modeling issues

to which all IWPS providers must conform.

2.0 Scope

This document establishes the set of attributes that specify the

Common User Information Object for the IWPS. It does not attempt to

be an exhaustive specification of all objects that may be stored in

the IWPS. The process used by this document to define the user object

is recommended to be used to define other information objects used in

the IWPS.

All conforming implementations must support at the minimum, the core

attributes listed in Section 5.0. Implementations may include local

attributes in addition to the core set and still be considered "in

conformance".

This document will not specify rules with respect to information

privacy. Each country has its...