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Guidelines for Extending the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)



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Network Working Group                                      S. Hollenbeck
Request for Comments: 3735                                VeriSign, Inc.
Category: Informational                                       March 2004


  Guidelines for Extending the Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   The Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP) is an application layer
   client-server protocol for the provisioning and management of objects
   stored in a shared central repository.  Specified in XML, the
   protocol defines generic object management operations and an
   extensible framework that maps protocol operations to objects.  This
   document presents guidelines for use of EPP's extension mechanisms to
   define new features and object management capabilities.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
       1.1.  Conventions Used In This Document. . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  Principles of Protocol Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
       2.1.  Documenting Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
       2.2.  Identifying Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
             2.2.1.  Standards Track Extensions . . . . . . . . . .  4
             2.2.2.  Other Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
       2.3.  Extension Announcement and Selection . . . . . . . . .  5
       2.4.  Protocol-level Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       2.5.  Object-level Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       2.6.  Command-Response Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       2.7.  Authentication Information Extension . . . . . . . . .  7
   3.  Selecting an Extension Mechanism . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       3.1.   Mapping and Extension Archives  . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   4.  Internationalization Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   5.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   7.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
       7.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10



Hollenbeck                   Informational


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