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Re: IPP2IFAX Proposed WG and Charter Bashing

From: Dan Wing <dwing@cisco.com>
Date: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 18:24:50 -0800 (PST)
To: ifx@pwg.org, Richard Shockey <rshockey@ix.netcom.com>
cc: IETF Internet Fax WG <ietf-fax@imc.org>, ipp@pwg.org, discuss@apps.ietf.org
Message-ID: <Pine.GSO.4.05.9812211820030.20183-100000@pita.cisco.com>
On Sat, 19 Dec 1998, Richard Shockey wrote:

> Internet Print Protocol and Internet Fax  (ipp2ifax)
> The purpose of the work group will be to investigate and document those
> elements of IPP that qualify as a facsimile service. 

"... and extend IPP where necessary to more closely perform the functions
of facsimile."  [see below]

> A goal of the WG will be to note the legal as well as general custom
> and practice of GSTN FAX and apply those principals to IPP
> transactions.
> Current work within the IETF on FAX

Clarify by changing to:

  "Current work within the IETF's Internet Fax Working Group ..."

> has centered on using Internet Mail standards in a Store and Forward
> mode. Considerable evidence exists that there is a need for protocols
> that more closely approximate the real-time and point to point model
> of traditional GSTN FAX.
> Traditional GSTN FAX is limited to the type and quality of output.
> IETF Internet Fax standards are also limited to a specific set of MIME
> Content-Types specified in RFC 2301.  IPP has no such restrictions on
> the quality of document to be printed or displayed.
> The WG will not propose any revisions to the current Internet Print Protocol
> specifications but may use normal IPP Attribute Extensions and behavioral
> practice requirements to facilitate interoperability with GSTN FAX and RFC2305
> using elements of RFC2301 as needed.

I could see the IFX group proposing extensions or revisions to IPP,
actually -- for example a mechanism to indicate This Is a Fax and should
contain timestamps.  I wouldn't want such extensions to be out of scope.

> The WG will not propose any revisions or extensions to IETF Internet Fax
> standards [RFC2305] and its successors.
> The group will take note of other areas within the IETF that may have direct
> bearing on IPP and FAX interworking.
> Relevant areas include:  
> -       Security, Authentication and Encryption (SSL3 -TLS)
> -       Sender Identification (vCard)


> The working group will take note of quality of service issues.    

On the Internet, "Quality of Service" has distinct meaning -- be careful
here.  QoS usually means bounded delay of packet delivery -- much
different from what you mean (which is likely bounded delay of the
physical output).

Perhaps something like: "The WG will attempt to provide mechanisms to
allow interoperable implementations to be created which closely emulate
the existing end-user- expected functionality of fax." but shorter-winded.


-Dan Wing
Received on Monday, 21 December 1998 21:27:38 UTC

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