Re: [DNSOP] Genart last call review of draft-ietf-dnsop-terminology-bis-11

Joe Abley <> Fri, 10 August 2018 16:50 UTC

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Hi Richard,

I'd suggest that the unqualified nouns "question" and "answer" are sufficiently ambiguous as to be dead to us at this point.

I agree with the idea that a "response" is a DNS message generated in response to a query. Both "query" and "response" can be defined as DNS messages with particular values of QR observed in their respective headers.

I think "question" and "answer" can only usefully be used in other definitions as "question section" and "answer section". The document can certainly provide suggestions as to the set of meanings that other documents have previously ascribed to the bare nouns, but I think there ought to be a recommendation that they not be used in that way.


> On Aug 10, 2018, at 12:36, Richard Gibson <> wrote:
> On 08/10/2018 11:51 AM, Giovane C. M. Moura wrote:
>>> The response is the entire DNS message that is sent in reply to a
>>> question.
>> Great. Do you plan to define it in the document as well?
> Analogous to a "response" DNS message containing an "answer" (presumably consisting of zero or more records), I'd be equally precise about a "query" DNS message containing a "question" (consisting of zero or more entries, but with any count other than 1 being essentially meaningless) and avoid conflating those terms.
> :
> > The question section is used to carry the "question" in most queries, i.e., the parameters that define what is being asked.
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