[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]

Re: re. date format

> I intentionally left it as ASCII in human format, not seconds since any 
> time, since I see no use at all for computing the interval between two 
> times.  


Another thing the ASCII representation complicates is adding a
relative time to an absolute time... i.e., to compute an expiration
time from an issuing time.

This is commonly done by certificate issuers.  Since SPKI views this
as a relatively light-weight process, I think it's worth considering
this as well.  There's also the factor of compactness; kerberos went
from 4-byte to ~16+-byte asn.1 ascii timestamps from v4 to v5, which
contributed significantly to the bloat in the size of tickets from v4
to v5.

					- Bill

Follow-Ups: References: