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RE: Z39.50 vs. LDAP...

From: LeVan,Ralph <levan@oclc.org>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 09:25:57 -0400
Message-ID: <E5431CF93E29F9478878F623E5B9CE9809DF77B8@oa3-server.oa.oclc.org>
To: Andrea Giuliano <a.giuliano@iccu.sbn.it>, www-zig@w3.org

Yes, there is a lot of similarity between them.  But, the L in LDAP stands
for Lightweight and it is.  It doesn't support any of the abstraction and
extensibility mechanism that Z39.50 supports.  Its support for record
syntaxes is weak.  Surprisingly, no one ever whines about the fact that it
uses ASN.1 and BER for its messages.  Go figure.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Andrea Giuliano [mailto:a.giuliano@iccu.sbn.it]
> Sent: Monday, September 20, 2004 8:18 AM
> To: www-zig@w3.org
> Subject: Z39.50 vs. LDAP...
> Dear all,
> I was trying to explain the wonders of Z39.50 to a colleague of mine,
> who works as a system and network administrator here. Finally he said:
> "it sounds very much like LDAP".
> I'm not so deeply involved in Z39.50 and LDAP stuff to contrast such an
> opinion. Also, my explanation was probably poor and confused. Is there
> someone here who has practice on both topics? What do they think about
> this?
> Best regards.
> --
> Andrea Giuliano, Ph. D.
> ICCU - Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico
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