Re: [precis] I-D Action: draft-ietf-precis-7564bis-09.txt

Peter Saint-Andre <stpeter@stpeter.im> Thu, 20 July 2017 01:40 UTC

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Subject: Re: [precis] I-D Action: draft-ietf-precis-7564bis-09.txt
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On 7/16/17 5:20 PM, internet-drafts@ietf.org wrote:
> 
> A New Internet-Draft is available from the on-line Internet-Drafts directories.
> This draft is a work item of the Preparation and Comparison of Internationalized Strings of the IETF.
> 
>         Title           : PRECIS Framework: Preparation, Enforcement, and Comparison of Internationalized Strings in Application Protocols
>         Authors         : Peter Saint-Andre
>                           Marc Blanchet
> 	Filename        : draft-ietf-precis-7564bis-09.txt

Our area director pointed out to me offlist that the definition of
"reasonable" is vague in the following text:

   Because of the order of operations specified here, applying the rules
   for any given PRECIS profile is not necessarily an idempotent
   procedure (e.g., under certain circumstances, such as when Unicode
   normalization form KC is used, performing Unicode normalization after
   case mapping can still yield uppercase characters for certain code
   points).  Therefore, an implementation SHOULD apply the rules
   repeatedly until the output string is stable; if the output string
   does not stabilize within a reasonable number of iterations, the
   implementation SHOULD terminate application of the rules and reject
   the input string as invalid.

What do implementers think is a "reasonable number of iterations"? My
sense is that we're talking about at most 4 or 5, and usually 2 or 3.

Peter