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RE: Representation of OIDs as URIs

From: Karl Scheibelhofer <Karl.Scheibelhofer@iaik.at>
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2000 09:55:14 +0100
To: "Olivier Dubuisson" <Olivier.Dubuisson@francetelecom.fr>, "XMLSigWG" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <NDBBJJNFOMNNKFDPLCDJEEFNCEAA.Karl.Scheibelhofer@iaik.at>
> > e.g.,
> >
> http://www.etsi.org/oid/itu-t(0)/identified-organization(4)/etsi(0
> )/electron
> > ic-signature-standard(1733)/part1(1)/idupMechanism(4)/etsiESv1(1)
> You should only use the number form such as in:
> http://www.etsi.org/oid/0/4/0/1733/1/4/1
> because the name form is not mandatory and synonyms can sometimes exist.

i still prefer the version with names. i think that it is not really a
problem that there can be synonyms for a name. there is even no requirement
that there is just one OID for the same thing; e.g. there are several
different OIDs identifying DSA, and 1.2.840.10040.4.3.

> Of course, this is not readible but you could define aliases at
> each level of
> the registration tree as I did on the ASN.1 website
> <http://asn1.elibel.tm.fr/oid/>. This would allow you to write
> things like:
> http://www.etsi.org/oid/itu-t/identified-organization/etsi/electro
> nic-signature-standard/part1/idupMechanism/etsiESv1
> ...

> There is a draft RFC (the author was Meallow if my memory serves me right)
> that addresses the translation of OIDs into URNs. I sent comment to the
> authors and proposed him to implement an OID-to-URN translator on the
> ASN.1 web site, but I don't know what is the status of is document now.

yes, i found if. it is RFC 3001. but it seems that "oid" was actually not
registered through IANA yet. at least i did not find it, when i was on their
web-site. i also saw, that they did not use names either.


  Karl Scheibelhofer


Karl Scheibelhofer, <mailto:Karl.Scheibelhofer@iaik.at>
Institute for Applied Information Processing and Communications (IAIK)
at Technical University of Graz, Austria, http://www.iaik.at
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