Hi folks, Tuesday (21 September 1999)
Bob Herriot asked at the last IPP Telecon "what about going more than
one level deep?". He was commenting on my idea for 'device-name' as a
new OPTIONAL Printer operation attribute that explicitly targets the
operation at the named device and RATHER THAN the Printer object itself.
Harry Lewis just added both 'device-name' (Printer operation attribute)
and 'device-names-supported (Printer object attribute) to his latest
draft of the proposed IPP Set-2 operations.
So lately I've been reading a lot of security stuff, which is full of
certificate chains. And I've also been doing some ASN.1 work with X.500
I propose that we replace the Printer operation attribute 'device-name'
(single-valued) with 'device-name-path' (ordered and multi-valued):
device-name-path (1setOf deviceName)
We also define the new datatype 'deviceName', including caveats about it
being local scope (only 'global' when prefixed by the 'printer-uri'
operation attribute), probably human-readable (in someone's language),
and probably the same value as 'prtGeneralPrinterName' in Printer MIB v2
supporting managed systems (I *hope* these correlate).
Notice that (assuming 'printer-uri' is the 'root') 'device-name-path' is
essentially an X.500-style Distinguished Name (DN) for a device any
number of hops 'beyond' the IPP Printer object which contains the FIRST
'deviceName' element in the (ordered) list 'device-name-path' as a
member of its own (unordered) list 'device-names-supported'.
- Ira McDonald
High North Inc