[Int-dir] Intdir telechat review of draft-ietf-capport-rfc7710bis-07

Ralf Weber via Datatracker <noreply@ietf.org> Sat, 06 June 2020 12:11 UTC

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Reviewer: Ralf Weber
Review result: Ready with Nits


I am an assigned INT directorate reviewer for draft-ietf-capport-rfc7710bis.
These comments were written primarily for the benefit of the Internet Area
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This draft defines an update to RFC7710 on the different methods a network can
use to signal an existence of a captive portal. The draft is well written and
actually addressed one nit I had with RFC7710 when reading it for the first
time for the review of the bis document.

There are two things that I would consider doing differently, but they don't
affect the overall draft.

In section two of the draft you have:

In all variants of this option, the URI MUST be that of the captive
portal API endpoint, conforming to the recommendations for such URIs

Now I read the latest draft-ietf-capport-api on datatracker and there were no
formal or recommendations at all for URI schemes. There were examples, but I
guess if you are implementing this and you are told that there are guidelines
they should be clearly spelled out. Protocol wise it is important that they
implement the API endpoint correct and the URI really doesn't matter to much,
so I would end the sentence at the comma.

In section 3 Precedence of API URI the first paragraph tells me as am
implementer that I'm free to implement whatever to use of the three methods
described in the draft, however the second paragraph tells me that I should log
an error if they are different. That makes no sense for  a lazy coder like me
as I would not look into other methods if one has succeeded. I think it is ok
to give that freedom implied by the first paragraph to implementors here, but
to really give them freed we should scrap the second paragraph. If the authors
feel they need to describe the client logic in more detail this has to be
extended way beyond a single paragraph.

So long