Another version of OSI-DS 23 (DN String representation)

Steve Hardcastle-Kille <> Wed, 15 April 1992 09:35 UTC

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Subject: Another version of OSI-DS 23 (DN String representation)
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Date: Wed, 15 Apr 1992 10:33:34 +0100
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From: Steve Hardcastle-Kille <>

A small problem with the BNF.   

        A String Representation of Distinguished Names
        S.E. Hardcastle-Kille
        April 1992
The OSI Directory uses distinguished names as the primary keys to
entries in the directory.  Distinguished Names are encoded in ASN.1.
When a distinguished name is communicated between to users not using a
directory protocol (e.g., in a mail message), there is a need to have
a user-oriented string representation of distinguished name.

The following topics  may be obtained from the info-server
using a request in the form:
        request: osi-ds
        topic: <one of topics the below>

For example:

From: Joe.Soap@somedomain
Subject: Anything you like

request: osi-ds
topic: scope.txt	

Files are available in Text, Postscript or both.   
    FILENAME.txt for plain text format  for postscript

Note that not all the files are available in all the formats.

All documents are numbered, in the form OSI-DS nnn or

The files are also available by FTP, NIFTP, and  FTAM.

FTP to CS.UCL.AC.UK, username anonymous and your own name as password
		cd osi-ds; 

FTAM to bells, computer science, university college london, gb 
   username = anon, no password

NIFTP to, binary mode, username  =  guest,
     password  =  (Your  mail address in the form user@site)
     filenames should be prepended with <OSI-DS> (Note that the
     angle brackets and capital letters are vital)