Re: [sip-http-events] Fwd: New Version Notification for draft-roach-sip-http-subscribe-03

Shida Schubert <> Tue, 01 December 2009 09:29 UTC

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 Just reviewed the 04 version of the draft. 

 Beside the few nits indicated below, the draft looked solid. Thanks for working on this. 

 Section 3.1/Last sentence of last paragraph :  "section Section 4"
 Section 4.5.1/Last Paragraph :  "contain a the same"


On Dec 1, 2009, at 4:12 AM, Adam Roach wrote:

> I've produced a new version of the document incorporating these changes. See the diff here:
> /a
> On 11/30/09 11:17 AM, Adam Roach wrote:
>> John:
>> Thanks for the review. Responses inline.
>> On 11/30/09 9:42 AM, Elwell, John wrote:
>>> Adam,
>>> I reviewed this again and it looks almost ready to go. Just a few comments:
>>> - In Abstract: "This document further proposes that the HTTP work necessary to make
>>>    such a mechanism work be extensible to support protocols other than
>>>    SIP for monitoring HTTP resources."
>>> The only further mention of this seems to be in section 3 "Handling for
>>>    other URI schemes is out of scope for the current document, although
>>>    we expect future specifications to define procedures for monitoring
>>>    via other protocols."
>>> To justify the wording in Abstract I would expect more than this. I would propose deletion of the words in Abstract.
>> I've deleted them. I had originally intended to say more on this topic, and wanted to make sure that this aspect of the "monitor" link association was as externally visible as possible. But I agree that it doesn't make much sense, given the current content of the document.
>>> - In section 1: "Such subscriptions do not carry the content associated with
>>>    the resource -- the HTTP protocol is still used to transfer the
>>>    contents of HTTP resources."
>>> With the addition of the body= parameter, this isn't always true.
>> I propose changing this to:
>>      Such subscriptions do not necessarily carry the content
>>      associated with the resource.  In the cases that the content
>>      is not conveyed, the HTTP protocol is still used to transfer
>>      the contents of HTTP resources.
>>> - In section 4..2: "this parameter
>>>    indicates to the server that the client wishes to receive a message-
>>>    body component in the message/http bodies sent in NOTIFY messages."
>>> The terminology used here ("message body component", "bodies") seems to be inconsistent with terminology used in SIP in general and RFC 5621 in particular, i.e., a "message body" (singular) and "body parts". In fact this inconsistency in terminology occurs in other sections, which I haven't pulled out specifically. In the particular case of the sentence above, shouldn't it say something like "wishes to receive message/http body part(s) in NOTIFY messages"?
>> If your objection is the use of "message bodies" instead of "body parts," then I think you're conflating two things. "Body parts" is exclusively a MIME multipart term, not a SIP term. In the sip-http-subscribe document, we're not talking about multiple MIME body parts on a single NOTIFY message (which would be "body parts"). We're talking about multiple NOTIFY messages, and the respective single message body associated with each of them. It's a one-to-one relationship, without the use of MIME multipart mechanisms.
>> The rest of the prose you quote is slightly awkward because this is a rather confusing concept that I'm having a hard time putting into prose. We're talking about two different kinds of messages that use the same terminology.
>> There is a SIP message. It contains a message body.
>> The SIP message body is an HTTP message. The HTTP message also contains a message-body.
>> The parameter is trying to talk about the HTTP body part, not the SIP body part.
>> I've tried to clean this section up; does this sound right to you?
>>            If present and set to "true" in a SUBSCRIBE request,
>>            this parameter indicates to the server that the client
>>            wishes to receive a message-body component in the
>>            message/http message bodies sent in NOTIFY messages.
>>            If a server receives a SUBSCRIBE message with a "Event"
>>            header field "body" parameter set to "true", it MAY
>>            choose to include a message-body component in the
>>            message/http message bodies that it sends in NOTIFY
>>            messages.  Alternatively, it MAY decline to send such
>>            message-bodies, even when this parameter is present,
>>            based on local policy.  In particular, it would be quite
>>            reasonable for servers to have a policy of not including
>>            HTTP message-bodies larger than a relatively small
>>            number of bytes.
>> (I also made a sweep of the use of "body" and "bodies" elsewhere in the document to make sure they are consistent).
>>> - In section 4.7 "In the case that the NOTIFIER has insufficient information to return
>>>    any useful information about the underlying HTTP resource, it may
>>>    return a body that is zero bytes long."
>>> What motivated this? Would termination of the subscription be an alternative possibility?
>> This would generally be a temporary condition. Imagine that the notifier has to perform an asynchronous operation -- such as a back-end subscription -- to obtain the information about the HTTP resource.
>>> Some nits...
>> Thanks; I've fixed these.
>> /a
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