IFX Mail Archive: IFX> IETF 46 QUALDOCS BOF - Charter Bashing

IFX Mail Archive: IFX> IETF 46 QUALDOCS BOF - Charter Bashing

IFX> IETF 46 QUALDOCS BOF - Charter Bashing

Richard Shockey (rshockey@ix.netcom.com)
Fri, 29 Oct 1999 16:41:08 -0500

One of my proposed agenda items is charter bashing so here is a modest
revision of the previous charter with new Milestones.

Comments ARE appreciated.


Proposed Charter:


Chair(s): Richard Shockey
<rshockey@ix.netcom.com> [PROPOSED]

Applications Area Director(s):
Keith Moore <moore+iesg@cs.utk.edu>
Patrik Faltstrom <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 final form documents (i.e. presented in a
format that describes their final rendering) is an essential global
communications service.

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

Problem Statement:

Each of these services has one or more severe limitations or restrictions
that 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 and recipient
4. Lack of ability to adequately determine the success or failure of a
document transmission during processing
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, as typically applied to GSTN Fax.
7. Inability to establish transaction security, authenticity and
confidentiality of document transmission

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
fidelity and reliability.

Essential attributes for Quality Document Delivery Services include:

Timely Delivery.
Transaction Security, Authenticity and Confidentiality.
High quality output with sender control of presentation detail
Legal identity exchange.
Document format selection based on confirmed capabilities of sender and/or
Non-Repudiable Proof of Delivery (Receipt Notification).

Study will be given to the requirements of 3rd party document delivery
service providers.

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

Proposed solutions:

Proposed solutions should not impose undue burdens on implementers in order
that the protocol should be available on a wide variety of devices and systems.

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

Relevant areas include:

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

Particular emphasis will be taken to design protocol elements that would
likely reduce the possibility of document "spaming" as well as other forms
of denial and abuse of service.

The working group will closely coordinate its activities with other IETF
Work 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:

Feb 2000 : Submit Internet Draft of Goals and Objectives for Quality
Document Distribution or submit addendum to RFC 2542 (Goals and Terminology
for Internet Fax)

April 2000 : Submit Internet Draft for Quality Document Distribution
Service ( Based on Selected Protocols )

June 2000 : Submit Internet Draft for Quality Document Distribution Gateway
Services (Based on Selected Protocols)

Richard Shockey
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