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2.  Concepts and terminology

"NetID"-style namesUW Group IDs

This plan specifies group names, called UW Group IDs, that are in the style of UW NetIDs, email addresses, and web URLs.  That is, they are:   relatively short; typically meaningful to humans but not full English words; and normally writable as ASCII strings without white space.  Such identifiers are intended to fit in easily where these other identifiers typically are found.  Note, however, that the names in this plan are not themselves UW NetIDs, email addresses, or URLs/URIs; there are mappings to/from those forms in some cases.

In some important environments group names are in the same namespace as UW NetIDs.  To accomodate accommodate this, group names (at least the NetID-style group names defined in this document) must be considered to be part of the larger UW NetID namespace.  See UW NetID Namespace for more information.

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In many cases a group name is used in a context where it is understood to be a group name in the UW infrastructure space (e.g., the "require group foo" context in UW web access control for Apache).  A short form is available for these contexts, as described in sections 3 and 4.  For more general contexts, a URI form is also defined so that each group has a globally unique name.

3.  Syntax

UW Group names IDs are names in the UW NetID Namespace. The syntax defined here is a profile of the Base UW NetID syntax.

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