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Visualizing Distinguished Names

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014754D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Distinguished Names (DN) are sequences of (naming) attribute-value pairs, which are represented as strings. For instance, the string

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Visualizing Distinguished Names

  Distinguished Names (DN) are sequences of (naming)
attribute-value pairs, which are represented as strings. For
instance, the string

0.0.12.3100.0=(pString "MD everest");2.2.0.2=(pString="
wonderland");1.1.128.0.0.1282.2=(pString "donald")

is a DN with three attribute-value pairs, whereas the attributes
are represented by their object identifiers (instead of their
names). Note that there exist also different notations for DNs.
DNs constitute unique identifiers of objects in a hierarchical
name space. The name space itself is defined by the tree spanned
up by the attributes.

The proposal is to present in the graphical user interface a DN
by the icon of the object itself. Such an icon is displayed on
the left-hand side of the figure below.

Figure 1: Example of a distinguished-name tree.

This icon consists of an icon (i.e., the "button" named
"donald") and an expansion icon (e.g., a square with a plus
sign). Clicking on the expansion icon replaces this icon by the
tree shown on the left-hand side of the above figure. As usually,
clicking on the square with a minus sign, collapses the branch or
the whole sub-tree. In case of the topmost square with a minus
sign, the right-hand picture is replaced by the left-hand picture
of above figure.

In cases where the whole name space itself is also presented to

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the user, it is sufficient to display the DN. Upon selection of
such a DN, the object...