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Don't make me guess, Gentle Spec Writer

Say you were writing a major standard, something implemented by thousands of companies. Say, one which specified, among other things, a format for public key files. Might it be appropriate to say "use a BER-encoded x509" certificate (with some (standard) x509 extensions)? Or would you:

  • declare that you require a "special" binary format for your ...

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