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    ENUM & VOIP Does ENUM make any sense?
    posted by Mueller on Thursday August 28 2003, @06:56PM

    The ITU has been ardently promoting the development of ENUM, most recently at a joint conference with the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity in Thailand. Many people assume that ENUM, the protocol for mapping telephone numbers to domain names provides an essential piece of the puzzle of how to converge telephony and the Internet. But Internet veteran John Klensin puts forward a characteristically contrarian view in a short paper submitted to the ITU conference in Thailand.

    Klensin argues that "From the PSTN origination side, ENUM is not needed and may be too complicated. If used inappropriately, it may even cause violations of existing recommendations, service definitions, and regulations about, e.g., maximum call connect times." He also points out that for identifying a person or function to be reached, "the E.164-like number is less desirable than using the proposed recipient's name and other identifying information to access an appropriate directory database."

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    ITU-T and ENUM
    by rhill on Friday August 29 2003, @12:49AM (#12139)
    User #3320 Info | http://www.itu.int/ITU-T/
    The ITU-T has certainly been active in disseminating information on ENUM, but I don't think that it would be fair to say that the ITU, as an entity, has been "promoting" ENUM or any other particular technology. Some ITU-T members may have been promoting ENUM, but those are the activities of the members, not the institution as a whole.

    ITU-T has also, at the request of its membership, taken measures to facilitate implementation of ENUM, as can be seen from the presentations made at the joint APT-ITU workshop.

    Both Rudolph Brandner and John Klensin were invited by APT and ITU, but their views are of course personal views and do not represent a formal ITU position.

    Richard Hill
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    Proprietary file formats
    by dtobias (dan@tobias.name) on Friday August 29 2003, @06:36PM (#12142)
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    One pet peeve: Why do those guys have to put papers like this up in a proprietary format (MS Word) instead of a standards-based, platform-neutral format like HTML or plain ASCII text? That particular paper had no special formatting whatsoever, and hence could have been saved as a .txt file with no data loss.
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