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Eight networking vendors are next month expected to announce a set of protocols to integrate different directories. Microsoft Corp, Netscape Communications Corp Novell Inc, IBM Corp, Lotus Development Corp, Banyan Systems Inc, Worldtalk Corp and Zoomit Corp plan to present their Lightweight Internet Person Schema to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), according to reports in Infoworld. The proposal is designed to complement the LDAP Lightweight Directory Access Protocol currently under development by the IETF, which defines how to access directories. The new proposal is designed to give information a consistent look and feel across servers. It defines a common set of attributes in enterprise directories, such as length, placement and naming of electronic mail data. The Network Applications Consortium will write the draft proposed by the seven vendors. Additional attributes will be included if five of the seven can agree on proposals. Plans for consistency at the network level will follow. Products conforming to the specifications are expected in the first quarter of next year.

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