[ppml] Proposed Policy: 4-Byte AS Number Policy Proposal

Owen DeLong owen at delong.com
Tue Dec 13 01:07:48 EST 2005


In general, I like the policy, however, I think the nomenclature is a bad
idea as specified below:

>          Nomenclature
>
>          It is proposed to identify 4-byte AS Numbers using a syntax of
>          <high order 16 bit value in decimal>:<low order 16 bit value
>          in decimal>. Accordingly, a 4-byte AS number of value 65546
>          (decimal) would be identified as "1:10".
>
That fits really well with the current ASN:Comm syntax used for
communities... NOT!  This will create no end of confusion by
using this nomenclature.  Is 45:1234 AS45 community 1234 or
is it AS45:1234?  What about communities within 16 bit ASNs?
Will it then become AS45:1234:5678?

Perhaps using dot as a separator as in 45.1234 instead would be a better
idea.  Perhaps hyphen, perhaps something else.  I really don't care, but,
I'd hate to see : used as it will do nothing but create confusion.

Owen

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