IFX Mail Archive: RE: IPP> IPP2IFAX BOF - HI-FI DOCS Tuesday 16

IFX Mail Archive: RE: IPP> IPP2IFAX BOF - HI-FI DOCS Tuesday 16

RE: IPP> IPP2IFAX BOF - HI-FI DOCS Tuesday 16

Graham Klyne (GK@Dial.pipex.com)
Fri, 05 Mar 1999 12:52:30 +0000

At 15:56 04/03/99 -0800, Hastings, Tom N wrote:
[...]
>
>If the concern is with overlap with Full Mode IFAX, the Full Mode IFAX has a
>number of advantages and the IFAX over IPP has a number of advantages.
>Can't there be two "transport" bindings of the same "FAX-like" semantics?
>One using SMTP transport and the other using IPP transport?

I think this is an excellent approach.

But I do think there are *three* kinds of fax under consideration:

(a) Fax data over-e-mail (Ifax, EIfax, ITU T.37):
Some aspects of the traditional fax model cannot be fully realized (IMO).

(b) Fax protocols over IP (ITU T.38):
This is very specific to carriage of traditional fax over the Internet.
Does not integrate well with Internet messaging.

(c) Fax service over IP (IPP/FAX, "session mode" I-fax):
I see this as the best current approach to provide a truly fax like
service
that can integrate well with Internet messaging.

I think that (a) and (c) can be developed in the way you suggest, adding
further semantics in a way that is common to both.

But I find it difficult to see how (b) fits into this larger picture. One
advantage I do see with approach (b) within this framework is T.30 fax
onramp/offramp flexibility: it allows us to separate the Ifax/T.30
interface from the IP/GSTN interface.

#g

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Graham Klyne
(GK@ACM.ORG)