notation data & policy URL

David Shaw dshaw at
Tue Apr 13 02:00:09 CEST 2004

On Sat, Apr 10, 2004 at 05:29:14PM -0400, Atom 'Smasher' wrote:

> > Once you have a @ character in the key, you are explicitly saying that
> > the format of the value is defined by you.  You can thus put anything
> > you like in there.  Since the IETF has not defined any "official"
> > keys, GnuPG requires you to have that @ character.
> ==========================================
> ok... i may be slow, but i'm catching on.... ;)
> so, there is an IETF name space and a user name space. any name that
> includes "@" is part of the user name space, and any name that does not
> include "@" is part of the IETF name space.
> how am i doing so far?


> now, since the IETF hasn't defined anything to be used in their name
> space, that leaves the user name space, which should (must?) be in the
> form of an email address (name at domain).


> so, what does IETF have planned for their notation data within openPGP
> keys? of what practical use is it for user data? are there any examples of
> some legitimate uses or planned uses?

There have been occasional suggestions, but none have been adopted.
It does serve as a handy response to some of the more eccentric
suggestions when people want to change OpenPGP in various ways: just
use a notation.


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