WIMS> Action Items for WIMS Protocol Spec

WIMS> Action Items for WIMS Protocol Spec

WIMS> Action Items for WIMS Protocol Spec

McDonald, Ira imcdonald at sharplabs.com
Thu Aug 25 13:55:03 EDT 2005


I urge that we add an appendix to the WIMS Protocol spec to 
collect the action items.  There was considerable loss of 
context from the many months away from the work.

(1) Remove all descriptions of WIMS Protocol as 'an HTTP-based
    protocol' and describe it ONLY as an abstract protocol.
    References to HTTP should occur ONLY in the Normative
    appendix that defines the SOAP binding - implementation
    of SOAP/1.2 over ANY session layer should be conforming
    - HTTP, SMTP, and BEEP are alternative session layers.

(2) Rewrite section 'WIMS URI Scheme', to support ALL protocol
    bindings with a single URI scheme 'pwg-wims:', using
    parameters for presentation layer (SOAP, BLOCKS, etc.),
    session layer (HTTP, SMTP, BEEP, etc.), transport layer
    (TCP, UDP, SCTP, etc.), and possibly network layer (for
    non-Internet network protocols like NetWare IPX).

(3) Revise section 'WIMS Interface Definition, to replace
    'SenderURI' with 'SenderReference', and 'AgentURI' with
    'AgentReference' (both with corresponding strong types)
    - also revise corresponding XML schema.

(4) Revise section 'PWG and IANA Registration Considerations',
    to remove note about registration of WIMS URI scheme.

(5) Rewrite section 'Security Considerations', based on the
    very thorough (and relevant) section in PSI/1.0, which
    conforms to RFC 3552 /BCP 72 "Guidelines for Writing RFC 
    Text on Security Considerations".  This section MUST be
    rigorous in a formal proof sense.

- Ira

Ira McDonald (Musician / Software Architect)
Blue Roof Music / High North Inc
PO Box 221  Grand Marais, MI  49839
phone: +1-906-494-2434
email: imcdonald at sharplabs.com

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