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Re: RFC 3580 Errata Submission
From IEEE Std 802-2001:
3.1.4 canonical format: The format of a MAC data frame in which the octets
of any MAC addresses conveyed in the MAC user data field have the same bit
ordering as in the Hexadecimal Representation.
3.1.8 hexadecimal representation: The representation of a sequence of octet
values in which the values of the individual octets are displayed in order
from left to right, with each octet value represented as a two-digit
hexadecimal numeral, and with the resulting pairs of hexadecimal digits
separated by hyphens. The order of the hexadecimal digits in each pair, and
the mapping between the hexadecimal digits and the bits of the octet
value, are derived by interpreting the bits of the octet value as a binary
numeral using the normal mathematical rules for digit significance.
If we substitute the IEEE 802 text as quoted above for "Canonical format" in
the suggested revised RFC 3580 text, as a sanity check, does it say what we
The previous discussion also was about capital vs. non-capital being in
mixed use right now. The text above leaves capitalisation undefined.
Could we maybe add a sentence about hex digits being represented in
capitals to make that clear?
Further to this, neither the erratum nor this text here has a normative
wording as per 2119, which I think is what Avi was originally aiming
for? In any case, IMHO, an erratum just to reshuffle the text is a bit
overkill. If it were to introduce normative wording though, I'd feel
better about issuing it.
Yeah, let's limit the errata to things that are actually wrong or missing,
as opposed to engaging in unnecessary re-wording.
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