Naming scheme for c=US (RFC1218)
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
This RFC is a near-verbatim copy of a document, known as NADF-123, which has been produced by the North American Directory Forum (NADF). As a part of its charter, the NADF must reach agreement as to how entries are named in the public portions of the North American Directory. This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.
Network Working Group The North American Directory Forum Request for Comments: 1218 April 1991
A Naming Scheme for c=US
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This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
This RFC is a near-verbatim copy of a document, known as NADF-123, which has been produced by the North American Directory Forum (NADF). The NADF is a collection of organizations which offer, or plan to offer, public Directory services in North America, based on the CCITT X.500 Recommendations. As a part of its charter, the NADF must reach agreement as to how entries are named in the public portions of the North American Directory. NADF-123 is a scheme proposed for this purpose. The NADF is circulating NADF-123 widely, expressly for the purpose of gathering comments. The next meeting of the NADF is in mid-July, and it is important for comments to be received prior to the meeting, so that the scheme may receive adequate review.
A Naming Scheme for c=US The North American Directory Forum NADF-123 Supercedes: NADF-103, NADF-71 March 21, 1991
This is one of a series of documents produced for discussion within the North American Directory Forum. Distribution, with attribution, is unlimited. This document is being circulated for comment. The deadline for comments is July 1, 1991. Comments should be directed to the contact given on page 16.
Computer networks form the infrastructure between the users they interconnect. For example, the electronic mail service offered by computer networks provides a means for users to collaborate towards some common goal. In the simplest cases, this collaboration may be solely for the dissemination of information. In other cases, two
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users may work on a joint research project, using electronic mail as their primary means of communication.
However, networks themselves are built on an underlying naming and numbering infrastructure, usually in the form of names and addresses. For example, some authority must exist to assign network addresses to ensure that numbering collisions do not occur. This is of paramount importance for an environment which consists of multiple service providers.
It should be observed that there are several different naming universes that can be realized in the Directory Information Tree (DIT). For example, geographical naming, community naming, political naming, organizational naming, and so on. The choice of naming universe largely determines the difficulty in mapping a user’s query into a series of Directory operations. Although it is possible to simultaneously support multiple naming universes with the DIT, this is likely to be unnatural. As such, this proposal focuses on a single naming universe.
The naming universe in this proposal is based on civil authority. That is, it uses the existing civil naming infrastructu...