Re: New Version Notification for draft-leiba-rfc2119-update-00.txt

Stewart Bryant <stewart.bryant@gmail.com> Wed, 10 August 2016 11:47 UTC

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Subject: Re: New Version Notification for draft-leiba-rfc2119-update-00.txt
To: Barry Leiba <barryleiba@computer.org>, IETF discussion list <ietf@ietf.org>
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From: Stewart Bryant <stewart.bryant@gmail.com>
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Date: Wed, 10 Aug 2016 12:47:40 +0100
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Having thought a little more about this, I am wondering about
unintended consequences in the 5K documents that we have
written since RFC2119 was published.

If we effectively change RFC2119 as we propose, is there
a danger that readers will incorrectly interpret old text
with new semantics. T

I have no idea whether anything of significance will occur
but considering the thought put into terms like SHOULD
there exists a risk that would be mitigated if we picked
a new RFC number whereupon the reader would know
which definition the writers and reviewers were using.

- Stewart