[Gen-art] LC review: draft-ietf-idnabis-bidi-06.txt

John C Klensin klensin at jck.com
Mon Oct 5 18:00:42 CEST 2009


Speaking for myself only...

It may or may not have been wise for the Gen-ART group to parcel
this documents out to different reviewers.  On the one hand, it
reduces the burden but, on the other, they are closely related
and, without seeing the relationship, confusion is not only
possible but likely.  Realistically, no one should ever
implement "bidi" without implementing all of IDNA2008; to try to
do so will lead to all sorts of "interesting" problems.

You have spotted one of those.  When the bidi document says that
characters from particular categories are allowed, that is not
an assertion that _all_ code points falling into any of those
categories are allowed, only that the categories are allowed
(and need to be treated in bidi-specific ways).  Which
characters are actually allowed is specified by application of
the rules in "Tables" as invoked and selected from "Protocol".

There was extensive discussion in the WG about how, and whether,
to split the documents up the way they are divided and
reasonably strong (I personally believe stronger than just
"rough") consensus that the current arrangement represents the
best balance we could arrive upon.

If you can suggest ways to make the relationships and, in
particular, the relationship of the categories used in Bidi and
the character and code-point selections and restrictions in
Tables and Protocol, more clear, I assume that the document
authors and WG would welcome those suggestions.


--On Monday, October 05, 2009 10:43 -0400 "Joel M. Halpern"
<jmh at joelhalpern.com> wrote:

> I have been selected as the General Area Review Team (Gen-ART)
> reviewer for this draft (for background on Gen-ART, please see
> http://www.alvestrand.no/ietf/gen/art/gen-art-FAQ.html ).
> Please resolve these comments along with any other Last Call
> comments you may receive.
> Document: draft-ietf-idnabis-bidi-06.txt
>      Right-to-left scripts for IDNA
> Reviewer: Joel M. Halpern
> Review Date: 5-Oct-2009
> IETF LC End Date: 14-Oct-2009
> IESG Telechat date: N/A
> Summary: This document is nearly ready for publication as a
> proposed  standard.
> There is one comment I have marked as Major.  I presume that
> the actual  problem is not a defect in the intent of the spec,
> but a defect in this  readers understanding.  Presuming such,
> I would ask that clarifying text  be added.
> Major issues:
> In section 2, when describing the rules for what is allowed in
> labels,  CS is allowed in labels.  It is not allowed to start
> RTL labels.  This  looks fine, until I realized that CS
> includes ".", which I am pretty  sure is not allowed in a
> label.
> This gets further complicated in section 3, when talking about
> "The  Character Trouping requirement", the text talks about
> "Delimiterchars"  being CS, WS, or ON.  A parenthetical then
> says "They are not allowed in  domain labels."
> Since the normative text said that CS is allowed, there seems
> to be a  problem.

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