Last Call Review of draft-pechanec-pkcs11uri-16

Request Review of draft-pechanec-pkcs11uri
Requested rev. no specific revision (document currently at 21)
Type Last Call Review
Team Ops Directorate (opsdir)
Deadline 2014-12-29
Requested 2014-12-02
Authors Jan Pechanec, Darren Moffat
Draft last updated 2014-12-17
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -16 by Suresh Krishnan (diff)
Genart Telechat review of -19 by Suresh Krishnan (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -16 by Derek Atkins (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -16 by Sarah Banks (diff)
Assignment Reviewer Sarah Banks
State Completed
Review review-pechanec-pkcs11uri-16-opsdir-lc-banks-2014-12-17
Reviewed rev. 16 (document currently at 21)
Review result Has Nits
Review completed: 2014-12-17


I have reviewed this document as part of the Operational directorate's ongoing effort to review all IETF documents being processed by the IESG.  These comments were written with the intent of improving the operational aspects of the IETF drafts. Comments that are not addressed in last call may be included in AD reviews during the IESG review. Document editors and WG chairs should treat these comments just like any other last call comments.

Summary:  This document is mostly ready; idnits is clean, but I have one concern.

I read through the document a couple of times, unfamiliar with PKCS, and while I found a few editorial tweaks, I was mostly struck with the lack of normative language in the draft. It was fairly nonexistent. I found that .. surprising. I read through the draft a second time, and only found it more surprising. I do like the approachable tone of the draft, and in particular, I'd let go the "SHOULD" for "it's our recommendation" - but there are several times where it's written "must be" or "must not be" and again, the normative nature of the text, although not written as such, stopped me cold in my reading tracks. I'd suggest the authors revisit those references, because to this reader, not being part of the WG discussion, I can't easily determine why they're not normative, when they read as such.