Submission request to W3C

We, Netscape Communications Corporation, hereby submit to the Consortium the following specification comprising the document(s) linked below:
  1. Framework Document
  2. Implementation of OPS Over HTTP
  3. Standard Practices for OPS Systems

which collectively are referred to as "the Submission". We request the Submission be known as the Open Profiling Specification (OPS) submission.


This specification proposes a means for the exchange of profile information. For the purposes of OPS, we define profile information as any feature and corresponding values of an end user or service provider. The specification provides for the trusted communication (mediated by computer software and communication systems) 1) between people and services, 2) between services mediated by people, and 3) between people.

The first document, "Proposal for an Open Profiling Standard," covers the framework for profile exchange, including data structure and operational primitives. A second document, "Implementation of OPS Over HTTP," covers implementation of the Open Profiling Standard (OPS) over the standard web protocol, HTTP. The third document,. "Standard Practices for OPS Systems", discusses required practices in OPS-compliant systems for permissions management, standard attributes, and transaction logging.

Intellectual property Rights

Netscape agrees that the submission may be copied, modified, and distributed by W3C staff and W3C members; Netscape claims no copyright interest in the documents comprising the submission.


The following are registered marks referred to in this request or the submission:

Netscape Communications Corporation

Verisign, Inc.

Firefly Network, Inc.


In the case that the submission is accepted as a work item, the submission may distributed within the membership of the W3C free of any fee.


The following points should be noted as regards licensable technology involved in any third party implementations of the technology specified:

Netscape believes that there may be dependencies on necessary supporting technologies.

Suggested action

We suggest that the Consortium create a Working Group with the intent of adopting this submission as a Recommendation.


To help with this work, we expect to be able to commit a full time engineer for this activity to participate in the Working Group. We are also aware of heightened interest on the part of other companies who wish to be part of the Working Group when it is constituted.

Change control

Should any changes be required to the specification, we would expect future revisions to be agreed upon in an open manner and according to the policies and procedures of the Consortium, recognizing the need to ensure interoperability with the existing (and previous) version(s) of the specification.


Inquiries from the public or press about this submission should be directed to:

Martin Haeberli

Director of Technology, Netscape Communications Corporation

+1 415 937 6904



this 2 day of June, 1997