Last Call Review of draft-ietf-pals-status-reduction-04

Request Review of draft-ietf-pals-status-reduction
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 05)
Type Last Call Review
Team Ops Directorate (opsdir)
Deadline 2017-03-31
Requested 2017-03-17
Authors Luca Martini, George Swallow, Elisa Bellagamba
Draft last updated 2017-03-28
Completed reviews Rtgdir Early review of -01 by Adrian Farrel (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -04 by Yaron Sheffer (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -04 by Jürgen Schönwälder (diff)
Genart Last Call review of -04 by Dan Romascanu (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Jürgen Schönwälder
State Completed
Review review-ietf-pals-status-reduction-04-opsdir-lc-schoenwaelder-2017-03-28
Reviewed rev. 04 (document currently at 05)
Review result Has Nits
Review completed: 2017-03-28


Disclaimer: I have not much clue about MPLS LSP PWs and hence I am
reading this from a perspective of a clueless outsider.

Section 1.2 is not really about terminology but instead it basically
expands acronyms. The section does not define any terms or does it
make it clear where terms are defined. A reader who does not know T-PE
will not be pointed to a document that defines 'Terminating Provider
Edge Node of MS-PW'. I usally find terminology sections more useful if
they say where definitions of terms get be found.

Section 3: s/the the/the/

Section 4: What is the 'Version' field in the message format?

Section 4: There is an 8-bit field marked U C Flags and I _assume_ the
U and C bits are the 'first' two bits and the 'remaining bits are the
flags managed by IANA. Perhaps make this clearer, e.g.:

   |  Last Received Seq Number     | Message Type  |U|C|   Flags   |

Or alternatively simply name the entire 8-bit flags field like you do
in the text where you refer to Message Flags and then explain in the
text under the 'Message Flags' that the first two bits have a fixed

   |  Last Received Seq Number     | Message Type  | Message Flags |

This option carries less information but then you use 'Message Flags'
in several places and you also request an IANA registry for Message
Flags where the U and C bit are allocated. Looking at the IANA text,
it says 'bit position' 0 and 1. Not sure this is clear enough, you
seem to number bits in the order 0, 1, 2, ...

It turns out we have several slightly different labels further down in
the document for this flags field throughout the document - this makes
searching in the text difficult, please use a single consistent name
for this message field.

Section 8.2 says values 1 and 2 are defined in this document but then
it seems value 3 is also allocated, no?

Subsections of section 8 switches several times between decimal and
hexadecimal numbers. Perhaps things get clearer if a single number
system (e.g., hexadecimal) is used when talking about a specific
registry. Numbers like 134,217,728 look somewhat confusing, 0x8000000
seems simpler.