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Concluded WG MHS-DS (mhsds)

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Acronym mhsds
Area Applications Area (app)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-mhsds-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Personnel Chairs Harald T. Alvestrand, Kevin E. Jordan
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Final Charter for Working Group

The MHS-DS Working Group works on issues relating to Message Handling
Services use of Directory Services. The message handling services are
primarily X.400, but issues relating to RFC 822 use of Directory and
Directory support for RFC 822 and X.400 interworking are in the scope of
the group. Directory and Directory Services refer to the services
based upon the CCITT X.500 recommendations and additional ISO
standards, stable implementation agreements, and RFCs, as specified by
the OSI-DS Working Group. The major aims of the MHS-DS Working Group

  1. Define a set of specifications to enable effective, large-scale
    deployment of X.400.

  2. Study issues associated with supporting X.400 communities which lack
    access to X.500 Directory, and define requirements for tools which: (a)
    extract information from the X.500 Directory for use by non-X.500
    applications, and (b) upload information into the X.500 Directory.

  3. Coordinate a pilot project which deploys MHS information into the
    X.500 Directory and uses it to facilitate mail routing and address
    mapping. The results of this pilot will be documented, and experience
    gained from the project will be fed back into the Internet
    specifications created by the working group.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Jan 1992 Provide a forum to discuss Directory support of Message Handling Services including the operational aspects of X.500 based routing in the Internet community and issues of migration from non-X.500 to X.500 based routing.
Jan 1992 Establish and maintain liaison relationships with similar groups working on X.400 and X.500, e.g., RRE Mail and Messaging Group, IETF OSI-DS Working Group, IETF X.400 Operations Working Group and the IETF MIME-MHS Working Group.

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done Submit the set of MHS-DS documents to the IESG for consideration as Experimental and Informational documents.
Done Post as an Internet-Draft a document describing the use of the Directory to support distribution lists.
Done Post as an Internet-Draft a document describing a simple profile for MHS use of Directory.
Done Post as an Internet-Draft a document on the use of the Directory to support routing for RFC822 and related protocols.
Done Post an Internet-Draft on representing the O/R Address hierarchy in the Directory Information Tree.
Done Submit as an Internet-Draft a document on MHS use of Directory to support MHS Context Conversion.
Done Post an Internet-Draft on MHS use of Directory to support MHS Routing.
Done Post as an Internet-Draft a document on the use of the directory to support mapping between X.400 and RFC822 addresses.
Done Post a document on representing tables and subtees in the directory as an Internet-Draft.
Done Post an overview of MHS use of Directory as an Internet-Draft.