Concise Binary Object Representation Maintenance and Extensions (cbor)

WG Name Concise Binary Object Representation Maintenance and Extensions
Acronym cbor
Area Applications and Real-Time Area (art)
State Active
Charter charter-ietf-cbor-02 Approved
Dependencies Document dependency graph (SVG)
Additional URLs
- Wiki
- Issue tracker
Personnel Chairs Francesca Palombini
Jim Schaad
Area Director Alexey Melnikov
Mailing list Address cbor@ietf.org
To subscribe https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/cbor
Archive https://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/cbor/current/maillist.html
Jabber chat Room address xmpp:cbor@jabber.ietf.org?join
Logs https://jabber.ietf.org/logs/cbor/

Charter for Working Group

Concise Binary Object Representation (CBOR, RFC 7049) extends the JavaScript
Object Notation (JSON, RFC 8259) data interchange format to include binary
data and an extensibility model, using a binary representation format that
is easy to parse correctly. It has been picked up by a number of IETF
efforts (e.g., CORE, ANIMA GRASP) as a message format.

The CBOR working group will update RFC 7049 to deal with existing errata.
Security issues and clarifications may be addressed, but changes to the document
will ensure backward compatibility for widespread deployed codebases. The
resulting document will be targeted at becoming an Internet Standard.

Similar to the way ABNF (RFC 5234/7405) can be used to describe the set of
valid messages in a text representation, it is useful for protocol
specifications to use a description format for the data in CBOR-encoded
messages. The Concise Data Definition Language (CDDL) is such a description
technique that has already been used in CORE, ANIMA, CDNI, and efforts
outside the IETF.

CDDL has been published as RFC 8610. While this specification has been
completed, several new features were raised during the update process that
were not included, in order not to delay publication, and to allow
publication in the Standards Track. One example of such a feature is the
ability to combine multiple CDDL files together using a mechanism other than
manually concatenating them together for processing. The working group will
collect these features as well as other features that are raised by users of
CDDL, evaluate their utility and add to a second edition of the
specification where warranted.

The working group will define the approach to further evolving CDDL as a
sequence of editions, which might also add further extension points,
probably as part of the introduction of the next edition of the CDDL base
specification. The body of existing specifications that make use of CDDL is
considered precious, and the WG will set out not to damage their value.

The working group will evaluate the necessity of providing advice and
guidance for developers using CBOR and CDDL. It is currently expected that
this would be done using a Wiki of some type. This work would not be
expected to be published by the IETF as an RFC.

There are a number of additional CBOR tagged types and CBOR related media
type specifications that are currently adopted by the working group,
are work items in other working groups, or exist as individual
submissions. Additionally, there are expected to be other such documents
that will come to the attention of the working group. In some cases, the
working group will be asked to adopt and publish these proposals.
The working group will evaluate such requests individually and decide about
adoption and milestones as such requests arise. Proposals that are deemed to be out
of scope for the working group, for example because they are too narrow-purpose
of a specification, may still be published as individual submissions or in
other groups if there is a specific need. The CBOR group will review these
proposals on request.

Milestones

Date Milestone
Oct 2018 Submit rfc7049bis to IESG as a Proposed Standard