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Protocol: Omitting default values

Protocol-22 says:

> 5.1. Protocol Encoding

>    The protocol elements of LDAP SHALL be encoded for exchange using the
>    Basic Encoding Rules [BER] of [ASN.1] with the following
>    restrictions:
>    (...)
>    - If a value of a type is its default value, it is absent. Only some
>      BOOLEAN and INTEGER types have default values in this protocol
>      definition.

This restriction can be impractical to implement for default values of
complex types.  It might be better if it only applied to simple types
That's not relevant for the core protocol, but can be for controls and
extended requests/responses whose values are encoded as ASN.1:

  4.1.11. Controls 
     When a controlValue is defined in terms 
     of ASN.1, and BER encoded according to Section 5.1, it also follows 
     the extensibility rules in Section 4. 
  4.12. Extended Operation 
     Values that are defined in terms of ASN.1 and BER encoded 
     according to Section 5.1, also follow the extensibility rules in 
     Section 4. 

Note that these texts do not say that ASN.1 values need to obey these
restrictions; the extensions could instead define their own restrictions
without the one I quoted.  But I suspect extensions that do use ASN.1
with complex defaults would prefer to do just that, so it would be
simpler if they didn't have to.  OTOH, changing this now will change
the spec of such extensions that already depend on this restriction.
So I'm not sure what is best.