Visualizing Distinguished Names
Original Publication Date: 2001-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-20
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");18.104.22.168=(pString=" wonderland");22.214.171.124.0.1282.2=(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.