Re: [Teas] [Lsr] WG Last Call for draft-ietf-lsr-isis-rfc5316bis

Alvaro Retana <aretana.ietf@gmail.com> Thu, 04 March 2021 17:09 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Teas] [Lsr] WG Last Call for draft-ietf-lsr-isis-rfc5316bis
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On March 3, 2021 at 6:29:28 PM, Les Ginsberg wrote:


Les:

Hi!


...
> Now, can you respond to my comment regarding the lack of clarity in using
> quotes?

Sure.

I guess you mean this comment: "But I have to say that for me as a
reader the use of quotes as you suggest does not aid clarity."


Dhruv's comment was about using normative language in the appendix:

> > (1) Is it wise to use normative keywords MUST and SHOULD in the appendix?
> > The text is from section 3.1 but can it be reworded in the appendix?

He is absolutely correct in suggesting that the appendix could use
different words.  As I mentioned before, the appendix is just an
informative section, a good/nice-to-have explanation for the reader.
That means that it doesn't have to be an exact transcription of the
text (which you didn't have to start with), and it can simply be an
explanation.

The way I see it, using normative language in an informational
appendix is what makes the text lack clarity -- the quotes were meant
to help a little without asking you to make too many changes.  That
way it would at least be clear that the specification is made
elsewhere.

I know we may never agree on which direction to look at clarity.  We
have already spent too much time on this.

Alvaro.