[ppml] Proposed Policy: 4-Byte AS Number Policy Proposal
gih at apnic.net
Tue Dec 13 01:14:05 EST 2005
Your point about syntactical confusion with AS number communities is well
What about a dot as the nibble separator within the AS number then?
At 05:07 PM 13/12/2005, Owen DeLong wrote:
>In general, I like the policy, however, I think the nomenclature is a bad
>idea as specified below:
>> 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.
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