IFX Mail Archive: Charter Bashing II

IFX Mail Archive: Charter Bashing II

Charter Bashing II

Richard Shockey (rshockey@ix.netcom.com)
Tue, 23 Mar 1999 14:01:23 -0600

Its time to take another look at Charter Bashing in advance of submission to
the IESG for approval.

I've made some changes to the previous charter and there seems to be=
that QUALDOCS might be an acceptable name to everyone concerned.

It was proposed in the BOF that some due diligence be undertaken on all
existing protocols that might be suitable for examination, however I suspect
that this WG will be permitted to focus on only one for development.

Proposed Charter:


Chair(s): Richard Shockey =20
<rshockey@ix.netcom.com> [PROPOSED]
Applications Area Director(s):
Keith Moore <moore+iesg@cs.utk.edu>
Patrik F=E4ltstr=F6m <paf@swip.net>

Area Advisor
Keith Moore <moore+iesg@cs.utk.edu>

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Description of Working Group:

The transmission and reception of non-alterable documents is an essential
communications medium.

Several protocols and services have been developed over the years to=
document transmission, including the GSTN Fax service [ITU -T.30]. Within=
IETF several protocols have been developed that facilitate document
transmission, including RFC 2305 and RFC 2532 [Store and Forward Internet=
and the Internet Print Protocol [IPP].

Problem Statement:

Each of these services has one or more severe limitations or restrictions=
may not be suitable for all document transmissions.

Among those limitations that could be applied to one or more of the above

1. Limitations on Quality (resolution or color transmission)
2. Ability to repudiate request for receipt confirmation (MDN - DSN)
3. Lack of clear and unambiguous legal identification of sender or recipient
4. Lack of ability to directly monitor progress of document transmission=20
5. Inability to establish reliable knowledge or negotiation of recipient
6. Inability to satisfy legal as well as general custom and practice for
document transmission technologies. (Typically these are applied to GSTN=
7. Inability to establish security and confidentiality of document=

Work Group Objectives:

The purpose of the work group will be to investigate current work within the
IETF and identify protocols, procedures and policies that can satisfy the
requirements for reliable document transmission with a high degree of=
and reliability.

Essential attributes for Quality Document Delivery Services include:

A. Timely Delivery
B. Security
C. Quality of Output
D. Legal identity exchange
E. Capabilities exchange between sender and recipient
F. Proof of Delivery (Receipt Notification)

The WG will not propose any new protocols only extensions or augmentations=
existing or proposed Standards Track protocols.

The group will take note of other areas within the IETF that may have direct
bearing on reliable document delivery.

Relevant areas include: =20

- Security, Authentication and Encryption (TLS, etc)
- Sender Identification (vCard)
- RFC 2301 File Formats
- Digital Signatures and Certificates

The working group will closely coordinate its activities with other IETF=
Groups, including the Internet Print Protocol working group [IPP] and the
Internet Fax working group [FAX] as well other document transmission related
standards bodies and related work groups, notably the ITU-T Study Group 8. =

Goals and Milestones: =20

May 1999: Conclude investigation on existing protocols for use as Quality
Document Distribution base line. =20

June 1999 : Submit Internet Draft of Goals and Objectives for Quality=
Distribution or submit addendum to RFC 2542 (Goals and Terminology for=

September 1999 : Submit Internet Draft for Quality Document Distribution

December 1999 : Submit Internet Draft of Quality Document Gateway Services=

Richard Shockey
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