Re: [Dots] AD review of draft-ietf-dots-use-cases-17

Benjamin Kaduk <> Fri, 12 July 2019 00:40 UTC

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On Thu, Jul 04, 2019 at 04:13:38PM -0400, Daniel Migault wrote:
> c) it was unclear to me how to address the following comment.
> >    The communication between a network administrator and the
> >    orchestrator is also performed using DOTS.  The network administrator
> >    via its web interfaces implements a DOTS client, while the
> >    Orchestrator implements a DOTS server.
> >
> > nit: as written, this is saying that the network administrator has a
> > web interface.  I think "its" is supposed to refer to something else.
> >
> > <mglt>
> What we are trying to say is that the network administrator sees its web
> interface, and instruct the DOTS client from that interface. I have not
> made any change to address that concern, as I do not clearly see what is
> confusing.
> </mglt>

I don't think anyone is actually confused about the meaning; this was just
a pedantic comment about the grammar.  "its web interface"  has to belong
to something/someone, and with the current wording we are forced to parse
the sentence as "the network administrator's web interface", which is
surprising since a network administrator is a human and a web interface is
usually provided by a webserver.  Perhaps we want to say "The network
administrator uses a web interface that implements a DOTS client"?