Happenings at the recent OIW Directory SIG meeting.
Richard Colella <firstname.lastname@example.org> Wed, 19 June 1991 17:15 UTC
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From: Richard Colella <email@example.com>
Organization: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
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Subject: Happenings at the recent OIW Directory SIG meeting.
Cc: Richard_<Colella@osi3.ncsl.nist.gov>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Directory SIG met last week during the OSI Implementors' Workshop. The agenda included an item resulting from the attempts at SRI to load the WHOIS database into X.500. In particular, the postalAddress upper bound constraint of 30 characters per line was too small for about half of the 100K entries. I had offered to carry this issue in on behalf of the FOX effort; I am reporting the results more widely, since I believe this to be of general interest. The upshot of the SIG meeting is that the SIG voted unanimously to change the upper bound on a line to 60 characters (the number of lines will remain at 6). This change will be reflected in the Working Agreements out of this meeting, and will be voted on for inclusion into the Stable Implementation Agreements at the September meeting. A number of individuals were polled informally during the week to get a reading on whether this would be a problem: - A representative from the USPS (since the 6x30 constraint is based on a UPU standard); - A long-standing member of the ANSI/ISO X.500 standards effort, who knows the X.500 history; and, - Folks from the MHS SIG, who build X.400 products. The general consensus was that, not only should the Directory SIG make this change, but it should be used as a driving function get others to make the same change. --Richard
- Happenings at the recent OIW Directory SIG meet... Richard Colella