PMP Mail Archive: Re: PMP> Last call Printer MIB comment: simple localization

PMP Mail Archive: Re: PMP> Last call Printer MIB comment: simple localization

Re: PMP> Last call Printer MIB comment: simple localization

Tom Hastings (
Thu, 2 Apr 1998 09:55:41 PST

At 16:32 04/01/1998 PST, Harry Lewis wrote:
>Not that I don't support good efforts to ease internationalisation... but
>topic was debated in heaps and resolved in the Printer MIB and the fact that
>this is not a "v3" discussion is painful demonstration of the lack of
>by the IETF to the Printer MIB. If the MIB is so unimportant that it can
>languish so long... I don't see how or why it would be so urgent to enforce
>some new rule.

I know that we are all tired of the localization discussion for the
Printer MIB. But please take a look at our proposal, because it is
much SIMPLER than last Spring's proposal. It add no new objects or
textual conventions. It also documents the localization of other
objects that many implemntations have done, even though RFC 1759 didn't
allow, but leaves such additional localization all optional.

So the only new requirement is to support at least the UTF-8 char set
(like IPP). But UTF-8 has US-ASCII in code positions 0 to 127 decimal.
So if your product only supports English, you have no extra
work, except to add a row to the localization table to indicate the char set
is UTF-8. (You probably don't want to remove the row that says
US-English and US-ASCII, so that existing management applications will
still find US-English and US-ASCII row).

Finally, the reason for considering this proposal is that the Printer
MIB might get held up for another year applying for a waiver from the
new Policy on Character Sets and Languages of the IETF approved in
January, if we don't make a change to follow the policy.


>Harry Lewis - IBM Printing Systems
> on 04/01/98 05:03:40 PM
>Please respond to
>To:, adamsc@pogo.WV.TEK.COM
>cc:, lpyoung@lexmark.COM
>Subject: Re: PMP> Last call Printer MIB comment: simple localization
>Hi Chuck,
>Yes, I am saying that there is NO grandfather clause in the IETF
>Policy on Charsets and Languages. In fact, it provides for
>REMOVING existing RFCs from the Internet 'standards track'
>for non-compliance. If you send the current I-D for the
>Printer MIB (which is dated about two weeks ago, when
>Lloyd changed it) to the IESG for adoption as an RFC,
>it is subject (like ALL application protocols and SNMP
>MIB modules) to this policy. While a waiver is technically
>possible, NONE has been granted to any IETF 'standards track'
>document in the last three months.
>- Ira McDonald (High North)
>PS - If you read Tom's and my proposal, you would have noticed
>that SNMPv3, LDAPv3, System Application MIB, Service Location
>Protocol (SLP) and many other IETF standards are compliant.
>The argument of 'current practice' won't hold water with
>the IESG.
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>Ira Mcdonald x10962 wrote:
>> Hi Lloyd,
>> The change in the issue is that (as we noted) the IESG has adopted
>> a Policy on Character Sets and Languages which is mandatory for
>> all protocols which transfer text or names. All of the MIBs issued
>> since January 1998 conform to this policy. The Printer MIB doesn't.
>> Cheers,
>> - Ira McDonald (High North)
> Are you saying we need to revise the INTERNET DRAFT
> dated October 15, 1997 to account for a new policy
> issued in January?
>Chuck Adams