[Gen-art] Genart last call review of draft-ietf-quic-http-32

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Reviewer: Theresa Enghardt
Review result: Ready with Issues

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Document: draft-ietf-quic-http-32
Reviewer: Theresa Enghardt
Review Date: 2020-11-15
IETF LC End Date: 2020-11-16
IESG Telechat date: Not scheduled for a telechat

Summary: The document is basically ready, but still has some minor clarity
issues. In particular, the distinction between HTTP and QUIC concepts should be
made clearer before publication.

Major issues: None

Minor issues:

The document defines "stream" as a QUIC stream, but then also uses the term
"HTTP/3 stream". Perhaps it's worth defining "HTTP/3 stream" explicitly, in
analogy to "HTTP/3 connection". Perhaps it's worth defining "message", too
(this is only an HTTP concept, correct?).

The document should make sure it clearly distinguishes terms and concept of
QUIC vs. of HTTP/3 in all cases. In particular, what is the relationship
between HTTP/3 frames and QUIC frames? It's important to make their difference
and relationship explicit, as the document uses several other terms
interchangeably between HTTP/3 and QUIC, like "connection" and perhaps "stream".

The concepts around error codes is not entirely clear to me, e.g.,
H3_REQUEST_INCOMPLETE or H3_NO_ERROR - Are these a separate concept from HTTP
response status codes such as "200 OK" and "404 Not Found", etc.? Are these
error codes related to QUIC errors? Is the "application error code" mentioned
in Section 5.3 the same concept or is it a different concept? Is the
"application error code" an HTTP/3 concept of a QUIC concept? Is "connection
error" used in Section 7 the same concept or is it a difference concept? Does a
"connection error" as used in Section 7 always mean that the entire connection
fails, as opposed to a single stream? Section 8 aims to explain some of these
concepts, and I think the document should reference to this section for more
information when it starts mentioning all these different error types. (Or, if
they are all the same, perhaps the terminology should be unified.)

Section 4.1.1.

"HTTP messages carry metadata as a series of key-value pairs, called HTTP
fields." Are these the same as HTTP headers and trailers? Or are HTTP fields a
more general concept? Are they also allowed in bodies?


"because this limit is applied at each hop," ...
What is a hop in the context of HTTP? I think it's worth at least briefly
introducing this concept to make things clearer, as the document includes many
different concepts from different layers.

Section 4.1.2

"Automatically retrying such requests is
   not possible, unless this is otherwise permitted (e.g., idempotent
   actions like GET, PUT, or DELETE)."
Retrying is "not possible" means it's prohibited? Is there a reference to the
exceptions to that rule, e.g., a list of actions that are considered
idempotent? If so, please provide a reference.

Section 4.2

"A proxy that supports CONNECT establishes a TCP connection […]"
Is this necessarily always TCP, not QUIC? Can this change in the future?

Section 5.1

"HTTP/3 implementations will need to open a new HTTP/3
   connection for new requests if the existing connection has been idle
   for longer than the server's advertised idle timeout"
Only the server's timeout? Does "implementations" here mean only clients?

Section 6.2

"However, stream types that could modify the state or
   semantics of existing protocol components, including QPACK or other
   extensions, MUST NOT be sent until the peer is known to support them."
Is there a defined list of stream types that are not allowed to be used? If so,
please provide a reference.

Is section 6 missing the request stream? It has subsections for Control Streams
and Push Streams, but then Section 7 says that Request Stream is also a stream

Nits/editorial comments: None.