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Naming Plan for Internet Directory-Enabled Applications (RFC2377)

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Original Publication Date: 1998-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 15 page(s) / 35K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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A. Grimstad: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

Application of the conventional X.500 approach to naming has heretofore, in the experience of the authors, proven to be an obstacle to the wide deployment of directory-enabled applications on the Internet. We propose a new directory naming plan that leverages the strengths of the most popular and successful Internet naming schemes for naming objects in a hierarchical directory. This plan can, we believe, by extending the X.500 approach to naming, facilitate the creation of an Internet White Pages Service (IWPS) and other directory-enabled applications by overcoming the problems encountered by those using the conventional X.500 approach.

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Network Working Group A. Grimstad

Request for Comments: 2377 R. Huber

Category: Informational AT&T

S. Sataluri

Lucent Technologies

M. Wahl

Critical Angle Inc.

September 1998

Naming Plan for Internet Directory-Enabled Applications

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does

not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this

memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

Application of the conventional X.500 approach to naming has

heretofore, in the experience of the authors, proven to be an

obstacle to the wide deployment of directory-enabled applications on

the Internet. We propose a new directory naming plan that leverages

the strengths of the most popular and successful Internet naming

schemes for naming objects in a hierarchical directory. This plan

can, we believe, by extending the X.500 approach to naming,

facilitate the creation of an Internet White Pages Service (IWPS) and

other directory-enabled applications by overcoming the problems

encountered by those using the conventional X.500 approach.

1.0 Executive Summary

Application of the conventional X.500 approach to naming has

heretofore, in the experience of the authors, proven to be an

obstacle to the wide deployment of directory-enabled applications on

the Internet. The required registration infrastructure is either

non-existent or largely ignored. The infrastructure that does exist

is cumbersome to use and tends to produce counterproductive results.

The attributes used for naming have been confusing for users and

inflexible to managers and operators of directory servers.

This paper describes a directory naming plan for the construction of

an Internet directory infrastructure to support directory-enabled

applications that can serve as an alternative (or extension) to the

conventional X.500 approach.

The plan has the following two main features. First, it bases the

root and upper portions of the name hierarchy on the existing

infrastructure of names from the Domain Name System (DNS). This

component of the plan makes use of the ideas described in the

companion paper to this plan, "Using Domains in LDAP Distinguished

Names" [1]. And second, it provides a number of options for the

assignment of names to directory leaf objects such as person objects,

including an option that allows the reuse of existing Internet

identifiers for people.

Just as the conventional X.500 style of naming is not a forma...