Suggestion for OpenPGP standard update

Jeff Schmidt jsbiff at
Wed Nov 1 22:00:13 CET 2023

Thanks. I will join that list and post there.

On 11/1/2023 4:28 PM, Wiktor Kwapisiewicz wrote:
> Hi Jeff,  > > I think a more appropriate venue for this type of discussion would 
be the OpenPGP Mailing List. See > > Kind regards, > Wiktor 
 > > > >> Hello, >> >> I was thinking, it's time for the OpenPGP 
standard to be updated with a shorter form for the parts of inline 
messages that indicate a message is signed and/or encrypted, to make it 
more useful for signing and/or encrypting messages on services that 
limit the number of chars per message. For example, a lot of Mastodon 
instances of the ActivityPub Fediverse, limit message length to 500 
chars. It's a lot to give up a large fraction of the message char length 
for the following openpgp bits: >> >> >> That's 108 characters just for 
OpenPGP. If that could be abbreviated, that would save some precious 
chars for people's actual messages. I realize that gnupg devels don't 
own the standard, but have to simply implement the standard, but I 
thought you all might be in a position to advocate such a change with 
whoever maintains the standard. >> >> So, for example, maybe something 
like: >> >> --BPSM-- >> H: SHA512 >> --BPSG-- >> --EPSG-- >> >> Which 
reduces the total char count down to 39 chars (of course, not counting 
the actual encrypted hash) at least with SHA512 as the hash - of course, 
it would be variable length because the hash abbreviation might be 
longer or shorter for other hashes. >> >> Sorry if this has been 
previously discussed on the mailing list - the list server does not 
provide a search function, and I couldn't find this in the gnupg FAQ, or 
doing a web search for "shorter pgp signature". >> >> It does occur to 
me another approach would be to attach signatures to such posts as an 
.asc file or .sig file, but as that may not always be an available 
solution for everyone, it really seems like shortening the openpgp 
inline text delimiters could be helpful in a lot of cases. >> >
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