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Re: Display types?
Ron Rivest <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> I agree with you both the display types are a debatable feature of
> SPKI/SDSI. They obviously add a little bit of complexity. On the
> other hand, they have the following benefits:
> (1) they allow the use of names over a non-Latin alphabet
> (2) they allow incorporation of pictures and other document
I think these advantages are both important features of SPKI/SDSI, but
as far as I can tell they can be done without the complexity of
display types, by adding an entry in the BNF definition for typed data
<printable>: <byte-string> | <mime>
<mime>: "(" "mime" <mime-type> <mime-data> ")"
or something like this.
This seems a better fit to the problem, since a MIME type would be
inappropriate to most of the strings in SPKI/SDSI constructions.
Also, it can better be extended to handle some of the subleties of
real MIME data.
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