Re: [openpgp] Possible to define a common key format for LibrePGP and OpenPGP-IETF?

Justus Winter <> Fri, 15 December 2023 11:15 UTC

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Hi Kai :)

Kai Engert <> writes:

> Would it be possible to define a key format that satisfies the needs
> of both the crypto-refresh and LibrePGP specifications?

You are trying to find a compromise, which is a commendable goal.  And
indeed, standardization bodies like the IETF is where we come together
and find compromises.

And we did.  A lot of people, including representatives from GnuPG, RNP,
OpenPGP.js, GopenPGP, and Sequoia, met regularly, for over a year,
spending considerable time and energy on building a compromise.

That compromise is affectionately called

It represents the best compromise between what we wanted to do and what
we could do given various constraints, such as available time and
energy, the charter, our sometimes conflicting goals and views.