[bitcoin-dev] BIP 174 thoughts

William Casarin jb55 at jb55.com
Sat Jun 23 17:00:18 UTC 2018


Achow101 via bitcoin-dev <bitcoin-dev at lists.linuxfoundation.org> writes:

> I have decided that PSBTs should either be in binary or encoded as a
> Base64 string. For the latter, several Bitcoin clients already support
> Base64 encoding of data (for signed messages) so this will not add any
> extra dependencies like Z85 would.

Since we're still considering the encoding, I wonder if it would be a
good idea to have a human-readible part like lightning invoices[1]?

lightning invoice 

  vvvvvv
  lnbc1pvjluezpp5qqqsyqcyq5rqwzqfqqqsyqcyq5rqwzqfqqqsyqcyq5rqwzqfqypqdpl2pkx2ctnv5sxxmmwwd5kgetjypeh2ursdae8g6twvus8g6rfwvs8qun0dfjkxaq8rkx3yf5tcsyz3d73gafnh3cax9rn449d9p5uxz9ezhhypd0elx87sjle52x86fux2ypatgddc6k63n7erqz25le42c4u4ecky03ylcqca784w

psbt?

  vvvv
  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

Then perhaps you could drop the magic code as well?

Also we could do a base encoding that excludes + and / characters, such
as base62 (gmp-style). It's easier to copy/paste (double clicking a
string stops at / or + in base64 encodings).

example human readible part + base62

  psbtWzecLNK5WdwZyceXUYVo0E1TqgLWF0jRXsrLnsuGifjOJl5QHEaaeQbfHfzvbYH85uhUUvpfNc2RYnBqM9E4UqOjzRzDg4QGypL2bxoEsUmmAqOC7nRoN8SuftftuFBI9YabFjVZC9ykOIuJaMzanmKHxnhuh55Hh4mxpwDsvkGFHEHzYHJfkIAiaCEmpdxVBD3qvXNlspDwLKkssUlmDjH7X9zCGyTBE90XvwNdrwM63Q4T45GQbe3c4oQlzCnJuHf5FLnH2oR70hgxIoM01af35iJpZRZAGITtdnKvm9PbH3huEf7TXTzXuNLB9XFh50UlGvnPKcIfFHvgzTSqeN3NmXdzPzsNSRY83BnfHFtTIZnczIyDi5oWsi0sL8f5ABUqGHD61GXDXJGcsqWOjiW6zjhz1L2IKN6OdSVGBFf7C7gH2EYvkWJcKYcJ34gBGsLuXYCU8vzauxEYXXlOXohQ1qKj6Eb0DqOyroRD57uw9fG1e3ueCGlBKmyTI4z4Q1JQXSuLYzBGPlBpVuSZmDBUe28b1EVetJbP9rQ5r6aKsuNX1GToXq1KY5Xh5hsMixJ2o8kG8IBKQSZBRaxjiVEQDWoN3FED869vNHiQtgSLjbqQFZRJuDK0UTMfQCtcg7NdYulPxbUYFNF5Ug6wCvWrTpX1SdbDgGOqZel4ibM18fk9uSIIVDFK9XbenLH3NBOKj0hkxgvrbICZMWBc8GW78TLV4acO75tFBt4a4ziH0wztWGbEEGIAZTDaGmJ51omiRNUVfIX6fO9CeN3Nx3c7Ja2hAjMqQcYcKHEK8tFtLuUdR2jqLuGXOPV4gsqJb8TdkKGEZaA0RRqwHm6HG86OCOEGYqptt43iljv52qkh4znyekJI2mYPItcaw11tsxHaRQcs8Us9Ehlbf6ngmIW6tlo

base64: 920 bytes
base62: 927 bytes

Cheers,


[1] https://github.com/lightningnetwork/lightning-rfc/blob/master/11-payment-encoding.md#human-readable-part


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