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       Title     : Simple Nomenclator Query Protocol (SNQP)                
       Author(s) : J. Elliott, J. Ordille
       Filename  : draft-ietf-ids-snqp-00.txt
       Pages     : 30
       Date      : 06/13/1996

The Simple Nomenclator Query Protocol (SNQP) allows a client to communicate
with a descriptive name service or other relational-style query service.  
The protocol is useful to services that search many data repositories for 
query responses.  Clients can pose queries on relations, list descriptions 
of relations, and obtain advice on reducing the search time and cost of 
their queries.  Clients are informed of the age of information in caches, 
and may request more recent information.  SNQP provides support for 
graphical user interfaces.  It also supports different types of comparison 
operators, so services can use SNQP with a variety of back-end servers, 
e.g. relational database servers, CCSO servers, and servers providing 
relational views of X.500.     

SNQP is an ASCII protocol in the request-reply style of SMTP.  It was 
specifically designed for use with the Nomenclator name and information 
service, and has been useful elsewhere.   

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