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Subject: Re: [xcbf] Re: E-mail discussions following our meeting

At 2002/05/16 18:59 +0100, John Larmouth wrote:
>I am writing as Editor.
>We seemed to agree that my document was the current base document,
>although there was little discussion on this.
>I will be the first to agree that it is in pretty poor shape at present,
>so detailed comments on it may not be useful.  Certainly it has not been
>passed through clause by clause, and blood spilled over it, so it is a
>long way from an agreed document.
>None-the-less, comments of a global nature on the direction it is taking
>and the structure it is indicating could be useful.  (Particularly any
>major disagreements with the approach and direction.)
>It would also be useful, as far as is currently possible (given its
>current state) if e-mail discussions could be based around specific
>proposals for the addition of actual text, either to existing clauses or
>as new clauses or appendices.  I will try to incorporate such text (and
>comments from others on proposed text) for review at a future meeting.


It is not clear to me how a "Biometric Application Protocol", although 
valuable in itself, fits with the charter of the XCBF TC, and especially 
with Phase 1.   I don't understand the relationship between your document 
and those that are listed in the XCBF charter as the primary deliverables:

- "Published document defining the ASN.1/XML CBEFF schema, an introduction 
and overview of canonical DER, PER, and XER, and the processing and 
security requirements needed for the creation and verification of all 
cryptographic types defined in X9.84, in the form of XML encoded objects."

- "Published working module including ASN.1 XML Markup Value Notation 
examples of X9.84 biometric types defined in the CBEFF standard, along with 
the underlying ASN.1 schema."

- "Published example DER, PER and XER encodings of values of X9.84 
biometric types and equivalent BIR encodings."

My understanding is that the objective of Phase 1 is to:

"attempt to align the X9.84 ASN.1 with the BioAPI 1.0 format. This may 
involve extensions to the published X9.84 ASN.1 [...]. The goal will be to 
establish a process by which XCBF will be able to input changes needed in 
the current national standard to properly align the two CBEFF patron formats."

I think we should concentrate on this objective.

Alessandro Triglia
OSS Nokalva

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