How does the encoder know whether the GeneralizedTime type or the UTCTime type is intended?

The same way it knows that it is encoding an INTEGER, IA5String, or any other type: the ASN.1 specification (which is coded in the control table or code file) tells it which type it is encoding. If the ASN.1 specification reads:

Date1 ::= UTCTime

the control table or code file will have information in it which tells the encoder that it is supposed to encode a UTCTime value for Date1. Likewise, if the ASN.1 specification reads:

Date1 ::= GeneralizedTime

the control table or code file will have information in it which tells the encoder that it is supposed to encode a GeneralizedTime value for Date1.

Although the C structure used for these two types happens to be the same, the resulting encodings are different.


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