Naming and Structuring Guidelines for X.500 Directory Pilots
RFC 1617

Document Type RFC - Informational (May 1994; No errata)
Obsoletes RFC 1384
Was draft-rare-nap-x500naming (individual)
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Network Working Group                                          P. Barker
Request for Comments: 1617                     University College London
RARE Technical Report: 11                                       S. Kille
Obsoletes: 1384                                         ISODE Consortium
Category: Informational                                  T. Lenggenhager
                                                                  SWITCH
                                                                May 1994

      Naming and Structuring Guidelines for X.500 Directory Pilots

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  This memo
   does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of
   this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

   Deployment of a Directory will benefit from following certain
   guidelines. This document defines a number of naming and structuring
   guidelines focused on White Pages usage. Alignment to these
   guidelines is recommended for directory pilots. The final version of
   this document will replace RFC 1384.

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction                                                2
    2. DIT Structure                                               3
    2.1. Structure Rules                                           3
    2.2. The Top Level of the DIT                                  3
    2.3. Countries                                                 4
    2.4. Organisations                                             5
    2.4.1. Directory Manager, Postmaster & Secretary               5
    2.4.2. Depth of tree                                           6
    2.4.3. Real World Organisational Structure                     7
    2.5. Multi-National Organisations                              7
    2.5.1. The Multi-National as a Single Entity                   7
    2.5.2. The Multi-National as a Loose Confederation             8
    2.5.3. Loosely Linked DIT Sub-Trees                            9
    2.5.4. Summary of Advantages and Disadvantages of the
           Above Approaches                                        9
    3. Naming Style                                               10
    3.1. Multi-Component Relative Distinguished Names             11
    3.2. National Guidelines for Naming                           11
    3.3. Naming Organisation and Organisational Unit Names        11
    3.4. Naming Human Users                                       12
    3.5. Application Entities                                     13

RARE Working Group on Network Applications Support (WG-NAP)     [Page 1]
RFC 1617      Naming and Structuring Guidelines for X.500       May 1994

    4. Attribute Values                                           13
    4.1. Basic Attribute Syntaxes                                 13
    4.1.1. Printable String                                       14
    4.1.2. IA5 String - T.50                                      14
    4.1.3. Teletex String - T.61                                  14
    4.1.4. Case Ignore String                                     14
    4.1.5. Distinguished Name                                     14
    4.2. Languages & Transliteration                              14
    4.2.1. Languages other than English                           15
    4.2.2. Transliteration                                        15
    4.3. Access control                                           15
    4.4. Selected Attributes                                      16
    4.4.1. Personal Attributes                                    16
    4.4.2. Organisational Attributes                              18
    4.4.3. Local Attributes                                       19
    4.4.4. Miscellaneous Attributes                               20
    4.4.5. MHS Attributes                                         21
    4.4.6. Postal Attributes                                      21
    4.4.7. Telecom Attributes                                     22
    5. Miscellany                                                 22
    5.1. Schema consistency of aliases                            22
    5.2. Organisational Units                                     23
    6. References                                                 23
    7. Security Considerations                                    23
    8. Authors' Addresses                                         24
    9. Appendix - Example Entries                                 25

1. Introduction

   The intended audience for this document are mainly data managers
   using X.500 Directory Services. With the help of these guidelines it
   should be easier for them to define the structure for the part of the
   Directory Information Tree they want to model, e.g., the
   representation of their organisation in the Directory. In addition,
   decisions like which data elements to store for each kind of entry
   shall be supported.

   These guidelines concentrate mainly on the White Pages use of the
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