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Using the OSI Directory to Achieve User Friendly Naming (RFC1781)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000004034D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-13
Document File: 20 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

S. Kille: AUTHOR

Abstract

The OSI Directory has user friendly naming as a goal. A simple minded usage of the directory does not achieve this. Two aspects not achieved are:

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Network Working Group S. Kille

Request for Comments: 1781 ISODE Consortium

Obsoletes: 1484 March 1995

Category: Standards Track

Using the OSI Directory to Achieve User Friendly Naming

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

The OSI Directory has user friendly naming as a goal. A simple

minded usage of the directory does not achieve this. Two aspects not

achieved are:

o A user oriented notation

o Guessability

This proposal sets out some conventions for representing names in a

friendly manner, and shows how this can be used to achieve really

friendly naming. This then leads to a specification of a standard

format for representing names, and to procedures to resolve them.

This leads to a specification which allows directory names to be

communicated between humans. The format in this specification is

identical to that defined in [5], and it is intended that these

specifications are compatible.

Table of Contents

1. Why a notation is needed ................................... 2

2. The Notation ............................................... 3

3. Communicating Directory Names .............................. 7

4. Matching a purported name .................................. 9

4.1 Environment .......................................... 9

4.2 Matching ............................................. 10

4.3 Top Level ............................................ 12

4.4 Intermediate Level ................................... 13

4.5 Bottom Level ......................................... 14

5. Examples ................................................... 14

6. Support required from the standard ......................... 15

7. Support of OSI Services .................................... 15

8. Experience ................................................. 16

9. Relationship to other work ................................. 17

10. Issues ..................................................... 19

11. References ................................................. 20

12. Security Considerations .................................... 21

13. Author's Address ........................................... 21

A. Pseudo-code for the matching algorithm ..................... 22

List of Figures

1. Example usage of User Friendly Naming ................ 18

2. Matching Algorithm ................................... 22

List of Tables

1. Local environment for private ...