Overview#The Basic Encoding Rules (BER) are a set of ASN.1 encoding rules that define a specific way in which information may be encoded in a binary form. It is used as the underlying mechanism for encoding LDAP Message.
See http://blogs.sun.com/DirectoryManager/entry/a_quick_introduction_to_asn for a document that provides an introduction to BER encoding. Also see http://www.oss.com/asn1/larmouth.html for a PDF version of the "ASN.1 Complete" book by Professor John Larmouth, which is an excellent reference on ASN.1 and a number of its encoding rules, including BER.
More Information#There might be more information for this subject on one of the following:
- Abstract Syntax Notation One
- Canonical Encoding Rules
- Distinguished Encoding Rules
- Glossary Of LDAP And Directory Terminology
- LDAP Message
- LDAP Search Filters Using with non-standard Characters
- Lightweight Directory Access Protocol
- Packed Encoding Rules
- String Representation of Distinguished Names