Basic Encoding Rules


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.

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