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A Revised Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts 
directories. This draft is a work item of the Whois and Network Information
Lookup Service Working Group of the IETF.                                  

       Title     : Architecture of the WHOIS++ service                     
       Author(s) : P. Deutsch, R. Schoultz, P. Faltstrom, C. Weider
       Filename  : draft-ietf-wnils-whois-arch-01.txt
       Pages     : 44
       Date      : 08/02/1994

This document describes WHOIS++, an extension to the trivial WHOIS service 
described in RFC 954 to permit WHOIS-like servers to make available more 
structured information to the Internet.  We describe an extension to the 
simple WHOIS data model and query protocol and a companion extensible, 
distributed indexing service.  A number of options have also been added 
such as the use of multiple languages and character sets, more advanced 
search expressions, structured data and a number of other useful features. 
An optional authentication mechanism for protecting all or part of the 
associated WHOIS++ information database from unauthorized access is also 
described.          

The additional architectural issues and commands added to support the 
distributed indexing service are described in [Weider94].  This present 
document should be read in conjunction with the additional reference.                                                                 

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