IDS> presentation style choices

IDS> presentation style choices

IDS> presentation style choices

Ira McDonald blueroofmusic at
Fri Feb 6 13:17:22 EST 2009

Hi Brian,

I like Choice #2 better than Choice #1 (straight MS style).

I also like the compactness and clarity (for implementors)
of Choice #3.

I think I'd vote for Choice #3.

- Ira

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Chair - Linux Foundation Open Printing WG
Blue Roof Music/High North Inc
email: blueroofmusic at
  579 Park Place  Saline, MI  48176
  PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI 49839

On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 11:17 PM, Brian Smithson
<brian.smithson at> wrote:
> As I was looking at how to present the bit-level contents of NAP
> packets, I found that there were several ways to present the information
> and each one had some advantage and disadvantages. I don't know what is
> best suited for this particular document, especially considering it in
> the context of other PWG binding specs, the Microsoft documents, and
> thinking ahead, compatibility with an NEA/TNC binding spec.
> Attached is an example of one attribute presented in different styles
> for your consideration.
> Choice #1 is the most consistent with MS-SOH, but it is somewhat more
> compact than what MS does.
> Choice #2 is a variation on that theme, showing the positions of bits in
> bit-fields.
> Choice #3 is the most compact, because it embeds values into the diagram
> where it is practical to do so.
> Choice #4 -- there isn't one, but if you have suggestions or other
> examples, I'm open...
> I don't really care what we choose, but I think that #2 could be a
> problem for long bit-fields. Choice #1 is a safe choice if we're
> considering style compatibility with MS, but I also like the compactness
> and conciseness of Choice #3.
> Please look at the attachment and send me some feedback, or discuss on
> the mailing list if that is appropriate.
> Thanks,
> --
> Regards,
> Brian Smithson
> PM, Security Research
> Advanced Imaging and Network Technologies
> Ricoh Americas Corporation
> (408)346-4435

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