On Wed, Nov 16, 2005 at 03:07:20AM +0100, Daniel A. Nagy wrote:
As for the subject of our discussion, I think that we all agree that the
spec for 0x80 should be stripped of "a note from one person to another..."
bit., because one major implementation does not treat it that way.
The only disagreement seems to be whether "a note from one person to
another" should be retained as an interoperable feature or should it be
delegated to private notation namespace.
The disadvantage of the latter approach would be that various implementers
would (possibly) implement this same semantics with a host of different
notation names and won't interoperate.
Now, I can see that implementing the former using a type flag also causes
problems. Maybe, it should be a common, ITEF-namespace notation? Or an
entirely separate subpacket type akin to "reason for revocation"?
I am not sure. But in either case, as far as immediate modifications to the
standard text are concerned, this "a note..." part should be removed from
the definition of 0x80, because it means something that 0x80 definitely
doesn't. Whether or not to add that text someplace else is an entirely
Is this rough consensus?