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An Extension for Application-Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO): Entity Property Maps


(Martin Duke)

No Objection

(Martin Vigoureux)
(Robert Wilton)

Note: This ballot was opened for revision 20 and is now closed.

Erik Kline
No Objection
Comment (2021-11-29 for -21) Sent
[S4.2, nit]

* s/relatively to/relative to/, I think

[S4.3, nit]

* s/be be/be/

[S4.4.2, comment]

* I think the last sentence of the paragraph might be trying to say
  "may or may not inherit the property P...", because the inheritance
  rules for the property lowercase-must be defined?  Also: lowercase must?

[S6.1.2.2, comment]

* I gather there is no value to allowing link-local scope identifiers to
  appear here.  The current text does not support such a thing, but perhaps
  consider whether or not to explicitly note that "%25", "%eth0" are
  invalid.  Maybe it doesn't need an explicit mention, though.

[S6.1.3, question]

* Can this "undef" behavior be used to explicitly undefine an inherited

  For example, can "v4" be replaced with some "null" indicator in Figure 1
  such that "ipv4:" in Figure 2 becomes "(not defined)"?

  If there is no such mechanism, should there be?
Francesca Palombini
(was Discuss) No Objection
Comment (2022-01-25 for -22) Sent
Thank you for the work on this document, and thanks to the authors for addressing my previous DISCUSS and COMMENTs.

Many thanks to Spencer Dawkins for his thoughtful review: , 
 and to Alexey Melnikov for his media-types review.

I keep the only COMMENT left in v-22.


1. -----

Sections 5.1.1, 5.2.1

FP: As it is defined now, all Private Use type identifiers are not valid, because they contain ":". I understand the intention, but it would be good to clarify in the text.
Murray Kucherawy
No Objection
Comment (2021-12-04 for -21) Sent
I support Francesca's DISCUSS.

The shepherd writeup says:

  The chair has received IPR declarations from Richard Yang, Sabine Randriamasy,
  Jensen Zhang, Wendy Roome, and Kai Gao.  During the discussion of this I-D 
  in the working group, no IPR issues has been raised to the best of my 

Just to be clear, I presume what the chair actually received was affirmations of compliance with BCP 78 and 79 from those people, and not declarations of the existence of IPR.

The "Interoperability considerations" part of Section 12.1 doesn't seem to be a complete answer to the corresponding guidance in Section 6.2 of RFC 6838.

I'm bothered by the dangling SHOULD in Section 12.2.2.  If you're going to include that, I suggest including some guidance about when it would be legitimate to omit that information from a registration and still expect it to go through.

The second-last paragraph in Section 12.3 appears to be broken.

For Sections 12.2 and 12.3, I suggest not including a registry entry for "priv:" because that's not an identifier, but everything else is.  It's fine to leave in prose saying nothing can be registered using "priv:" as a prefix, as those are meant to indicate private use.

[I-D.gao-alto-fcs] has expired.  What's the plan here?  It's an informative reference.

I had the same thought as Ben did about the use of "GET-mode" and "POST-mode".

It's a pity that the referenced documents didn't use ABNF, because it seems like Sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 would benefit from it.  But ultimately, I agree with the decision to be consistent.

Also in 5.1.1, it seems strange to issue constraints for how private use entity domain types are to be specified.  If they're private use, interoperability is the concern of those participants only.

Sections and (and later, 6.2.1) should include more than a single word.  I suggest something like:

  The identifier for this Entity Domain Type is "ipv4".

In Section 6.2.3, "is" should be "are".

Do we need Section 7.3?  If we do, please turn it into at least a single sentence, like:

  A Property Map has no Accept Input parameters.
Roman Danyliw
No Objection
Comment (2021-11-30 for -21) Sent
Thank you to Paul Wouters for the SECDIR review.

** Section 3.1.  This section provides a list of examples of entities, but doesn’t cite a few of them.  For example:
-- as = should be [I-D.ietf-alto-cdni-request-routing-alto]
-- country = should be [I-D.ietf-alto-cdni-request-routing-alto]
-- network flow = ?
-- routing element = ?

** Section 3.2.1
   An entity domain type
   MUST be registered at the IANA, as specified in section
   Section 12.2.2 and similarly to an ALTO address type.

Per the text in Section 12.2.2, it doesn’t appear that a binding to an ALTO address type is required.  For example neither pid or priv have an “ALTO address type”.

** Section 4.6
   Besides, it is also necessary to inform a Client about which
   associations of specific resources and entity domain types are
   allowed, because it is not possible to prevent a Server from exposing
   inappropriate associations.  An informed Client will just ignore
   inappropriate associations exposed by a Server and avoid error-prone
   transactions with the Server.

-- Editorial, s/Besides, it is also/It is also/

-- What does it mean that it’s “necessary to inform a Client about which associations”?  I was under the impression that this section was documenting the IRD capability behavior which is triggered by the client.  If so, the client “is asking” in this interaction model rather than being “informed”.

-- What is meant by “it is not possible to prevent a Server from exposing inappropriate associations”?  Is it envisioned that the Server might respond with an associations which isn’t self-consistent with another part of the property map?

** Section 4.6
For example, the association "" is not allowed for the
   following reason: although a cost map exposes PID identifiers, it
   does not define the set of addresses included in this PID.  

I don’t follow what this example is trying to demonstrate – in that, how is it related to the what’s supported in the IRD capability.  From the explanation, it appears that a costmap and a pid can never be mixed.  No query to an IRD would be needed to know that.

** Section 5.1.1.  Would “_”, “-“, “__--" be considered valid EntityDomainTypes?  If so, is that desirable?  (it's perfectly reasonable to say "absolutely")

** Section 5.1.1

   For an endpoint domain type identifier with the "priv:" prefix, an
   additional string (e.g., company identifier or random string) MUST
   follow (i.e., "priv:" only is not a valid entity domain type
   identifier) to reduce potential collisions.  

I found this language confusing.  “priv:” is not a domain type identifier.  It’s only a prefix to the domain type identifier.  It couldn’t be a domain type identifier because the colon is not permitted in things of type EntityDomainType.  Is this text effectively saying that EntityDomainType has to be a non-zero length string, which should be true whether “priv:” is used or not.  If so, I’d recommend being clearer.

** Section 5.2.1.  
-- What’s the thinking on EntityPropertyType having a colon, but EntityDomainType (Section 5.1.1) cannot?

-- Could “:” or “_::-“ be a valid EntityPropertyType?  If so, is that desirable?  (it's perfectly reasonable to say "absolutely")

===[ Nits

** Section 1.  Editorial
   At first, a map of endpoint properties might seem impractical,
   because it could require enumerating the property value for every
   possible endpoint.  However, in practice, the number of endpoint
   addresses involved by an ALTO server can be quite large.  

The “However, in practice ” part doesn’t follow from the previous sentence.  s/However, in practice, the number/The number/

** Section 3.3.  Editorial.  s/Likewise, a same/Likewise, the same/

** Section 5.1.3.  Editorial.

   The format of the second part of an entity identifier depends on the
   entity domain type, and MUST be specified when defining a new entity
   domain type and registering it with the IANA.  


   The format of the second part of an entity identifier, DomainTypeSpecificEntityID, depends on the
   entity domain type, and MUST be specified when defining a new entity
   domain type and registering it with the IANA.  
** Section 8.6.  Typo. s/contanaing/containing/

** Section 9.3.  Typo. s/is is/is/

** Section 9.3.  Typo. s/hierachical/hierarchical/
Zaheduzzaman Sarker
No Objection
Comment (2021-12-02 for -21) Not sent
I think this document has already got comments and nits that showed up in my review. So, no objection and hopping those comments will be addressed. 

I am supporting Francesca's DISCUSS on media type registration though.
Éric Vyncke
No Objection
Comment (2021-11-22 for -20) Sent
Thank you for the work put into this document. 

Please find below some non-blocking COMMENT points (but replies would be appreciated even if only for my own education), and some nits.

Special thanks to Vijay Gurbani for the shepherd's extended write-up about the WG consensus (even if not using the usual template).

While the document supports clearly the two address families (IPv4 and IPv6), I can only regret that the vast majority of examples are for IPv4.

I hope that this helps to improve the document,




While the documents is very detailed, I would have preferred to have a generic introduction of the concepts at the beginning. It also seems to me that part of the text is repetitive.
-- Section 3.1 --
I am a little puzzled by the use of "TCP/IP network flow" as it mixes up layers. Also, the "associated 5-tuple" is redundant because TCP has always 6 as protocol so it is not really a 5-tuple as one is constant.

-- Section 4.6.1 --
The use of "ane" is done before its explanation later in section 4.6.2.

-- Section 5.1.3 --
"net1.ipv6:2001:db8::1/48" is probably not an address block as it is a /128 address.

-- Section 10.4 (and possibly others) --
Please use RFC 5398 when using ASN in examples.

-- Section 10.9 --
Is the JSON reply valid ?

-- Section 13 --
No hard feeling but I find it strange that the acknowledgements section also includes some affiliations.

== NITS ==

-- Section 10.1 --
RFC 5792 prefers ipv6:::/0 to ipv6:::0/0
Martin Duke Former IESG member
Yes (for -20) Unknown

Benjamin Kaduk Former IESG member
(was Discuss) No Objection
No Objection (2022-01-27 for -22) Sent
Thanks for the updates in the -22 to resolve my previous Discuss!

I have a couple new comments on the -22, and I will include below that
my ballot comments from the -21 (unchanged, so some of them, most notably
for section 10.x, will no longer apply).

=== new comments on the -22 ===

Section 4.6.1

   A defining information resource for an entity domain D is the
   information resource where entities of D are defined.  That is, all
   allocated by the IANA.  This is useful for entity domain types that
   are by essence domain-specific, such as the "pid" domain type.  It is

Thanks for adding all the examples and clarification here (most of which I
elided)!  With all that new text, I'd suggest adding a couple words around
"This is useful" to bring us back to the core concept of defining information
resource, perhaps as "The defining information resource is useful".

Section 8.6

   The filtered property map response MUST include all the inherited
   property values for the requested entities and all the entities which
   are able to inherit property values from the requested entities.  To
   achieve this goal, the ALTO server MAY follow two rules:

In light of the other edits and discussion, I think this "MAY" might be fine
in lowercase.

=== old comments on the -21, unchanged ===

I suggest noting somewhere early-ish that the (semi-)formal notation
defined in Section 8.2 of RFC 7285 will be used.

Section 1

   properties.  Furthermore, recent ALTO use cases show that properties
   of entities such as network flows [RFC7011] and routing elements
   [RFC7921] are also useful.  Such cases are documented in
   [I-D.gao-alto-fcs].  The current EPS however is restricted to

This is probably more relevant as a comment on draft-gao-alto-fcs than
this document, but putting the ALTO server in a position to know about
individual flows seems like a big privacy risk, especially in the face
of pervasive monitoring (per RFC 7258).  It's not really clear that this
is actually a good idea to do, and thus whether we want to mention it

Section 3.2.2

There seems to be an unfortunate risk of conflation of parsing as
((entity domain) name) vs (entity (domain name)), with domain name being
the widely-used term (see, e.g., RFC 8499).  Could we find some
alternate terminology that doesn't suffer from this potential confusion?

Section 4.4

   For some domain types, entities can be grouped in a set and be
   defined by the identifier of this set.  This is the case for domain

From a mathematical/set-theoretic perspective, this statement is
trivially true for all domain types; that's just how sets work.  I think
what we want to say here is that they can be efficiently grouped by
utilizing an underlying structure for the entities in the given domain
type.  That might become, for example, "For some domain types, there is
an underlying structure that allows entities to efficiently be grouped
into a set and be defined by the identifier of this set".

Section 4.6

   Besides, it is also necessary to inform a Client about which
   associations of specific resources and entity domain types are
   allowed, because it is not possible to prevent a Server from exposing
   inappropriate associations.  [...]

This reasoning is a bit hard for me to follow.  It's not possible to
prevent a server from exposing nonsensical things, sure.  But often we
would just define the correct operation of the protocol to be only
exposing things that make sense, and if the server is noncompliant to
the spec, things break accordingly.

Section 4.6.1

   The defining information resource of a resource-specific entity
   domain D is unique and has the following specificities:
   *  its media type is unique and equal to the one that is specified
      for the defining information resource of an entity domain type.

I find this definition worrisom, as it seems to imply that the given
resource only has one media type, implicily precluding the server from
ever exposing the representation of that resource via a different media
type.  This does not mesh well with my understanding of the HTTP
ecosystem and the guidelines for using HTTP as a substrate for building
other protocols.  For example, in draft-ietf-httpbis-semantics, we see
that the notion of an HTTP resource is in some sense an abstract
resource, and HTTP only conveys representations of that resource.  There
can inherently be multiple representations of a given resource, and
there is a media-type negotiation to determine what representation is
returned.  Likewise, in
we see that it is an expected part of protocol evolution to define new
media types that enable new functionality by virtue of the new format,
even if the abstract resource being provided remains the same.

   A fundamental attribute of a defining information resource is its
   media type.  There is a unique association between an entity domain

Similarly here -- the media type is not a property of the resource, but
rather of a representation that is conveyed over HTTP.
[For brevity, I will try to not make further comments on this topic,
though I think that the theme continues in other locations in the

I think that what ALTO wants is a new conceptual "ALTO resource type"
that is distinct from an (HTTP) media type.  Unfortunately, I see that
RFC 7285 has already placed a strong emphasis on media types
specifically, so addressing this topic might best be done as a separate
work item.

Section 5.1.1

   [RFC8126] without a need to register with IANA.  All other entity
   domain types appearing in an HTTP request or response with an
   "application/alto-*" media type MUST be registered with the IANA,

That's a rather unusually specific requirement to have it conditioned
solely on the application/alto-* media type.  Often when we have such a
requirement we would consider adding a note to the registry to help
remind reviewers that the requirement exists, but I would rather
advocate for removing the media-type specificity of the requirement,
(Also in §5.2.1.)

   A Private Use entity domain type identifier and its associated
   internal specification MUST apply to all the property maps of an IRD.

I don't think I understand what this requirement is trying to say.  The
best reading I can come up with so far is that it says "if there is a
private use type identifier presented in an IRD, that entity domain type
must be present in all of the property maps in the IRD.  On the face of
it, that seems like an absurd requirement to meet, though, since even
the primary types we're defining in this document are not going to all
apply to all property maps.
(Also in §5.2.1.)

   identifier) to reduce potential collisions.  The format of the entity
   identifiers (see Section 5.1.3) in that type of entity domain, as
   well as any hierarchical or inheritance rules (see Section 5.1.4) for
   those entities, MUST be specified at the same time.

What does "specified at the same time" mean?  In the same document?


   A resource-specific entity domain is identified by an entity domain
   name constructed as follows.  It MUST start with a resource ID using
   the ResourceID type defined in Section 10.2 of [RFC7285], followed by
   the '.' separator (U+002E), followed by a string of the type
   EntityDomainType specified in Section 5.1.1.

This seems to disallow using the "priv:" form for (the "type" part of)
resource-specific entity domain names.  Is that really intended?


   A self-defined entity domain can be viewed as a particular case of
   resource-specific entity domain, where the specific resource is the
   current resource that uses this entity domain.  In that case, for the
   sake of simplification, the component "ResourceID" SHOULD be omitted
   in its entity domain name.

Why do we need the flexibility of allowing both X.X and .X to represent
the same information?  Wouldn't it be simpler to only allow one form?
Having a single well-specified procedure tends to result in more secure

Section 5.2.1

      However, when applied to an entity in a "pid" domain type, the
      property would indicate the location of the center of all hosts in
      this "pid" entity.

I'd consider saying something less specific, like "would indicate a
location representative of all hosts in this "pid" entry", avoiding the
term "center" that invites questions of how it is computed.  (Similarly,
§9.3 mentions the "barycenter" of a set of addresses.)

Section 5.2.2

   EntityPropertyName ::= [ResourceID]'.'[priv:]EntityPropertyType

Should the "priv:" component be quoted here as a literal?


   Individual addresses are strings as specified by the IPv4Addresses
   rule of Section 3.2.2 of [RFC3986]; Hierarchical addresses are
   prefix-match strings as specified in Section 3.1 of [RFC4632].  To

The referenced section of RFC 4632 does not refer to "prefix-match
strings" at all (and only once to "match" at all, not directly related
to prefixes).  Please use the terminology of the referenced document to
indicate the functionality that is being integrated.


   Individual addresses are strings as specified by Section 4 of
   [RFC5952]; Hierarchical addresses are prefix-match strings as
   specified in Section 7 of [RFC5952].  To define properties, an

Is this the right reference for prefix-matching IPv6 addresses?  Section
7 of RFC 5952 is quite short...

Section 6.1.3

   Both Internet address domains allow property values to be inherited.
   Specifically, if a property P is not defined for a specific Internet
   address I, but P is defined for a hierarchical Internet address C
   which prefix-matches I, then the address I inherits the value of P
   defined for the hierarchical address C.  If more than one such

I think there's some room for tightening up the terminology around
"hierarchical" addresses.  While we do use the term in some earlier
parts of the document, it's not specifically defined anywhere that I
found.  The usage in this section, on the other hand, seems like it
would be easy to replace with discussion of "prefix"es and avoid the
need for a new term.  If we do want to keep the "hierarchical" concept,
I strongly suggest adding some terminology section that specifically
defines what we use it to mean.

Section 7.5

   The "uses" field of a property map resource in an IRD entry specifies
   dependent resources of this property map.  It is an array of the
   resource ID(s) of the resource(s).

This doesn't seem to add anything above the definition of the "uses"
field from RFC 7285; shouldn't we be saying something about the defining
information resource for resource-specific domains/properties (in
addition to any other dependent resources)?

Section 8.3

                          If it is absent, the Server returns an empty
      property value '{}' for all the entity IDs of the "entities" field
      on which at least one property is defined.

Is that the literal string "{}" or an empty JSON object?
Given the SHOULD-level guidance we give elsewhere to assume that the
response is a string (or JSON null value, which both {} and "{}" are
not), it seems important to provide clarity on this matter.

Section 8.6

Given that there are identifiers that can be interpreted as both an
entity name and a property name, and we have the same error code for
invalid entity identifier and invalid property name (with guidance to
return the invalid identifier in the error message), are we setting up
for a situation where the error message is ambiguous about which
interpretation of the string was invalid?

   *  The response only includes the entities and properties requested
      by the client.  If an entity in the request is identified by a
      hierarchical identifier (e.g., a "ipv4" or "ipv6" prefix), the
      response MUST cover properties for all identifiers in this
      hierarchical identifier.

Just to check: the intent here is that we return all properties that are
present on any address covered by the prefix, even though some of those
properties may not be present on all addresses covered by the prefix?

Section 10.x

I am not really an HTTP expert, but the content-lengths in these
examples seem to be based on byte counts with Unix-style line
separators, whereas (per draft-ietf-httpbis-messaging) my understanding
is that the values should be computed with CRLF as the line separator.

Section 10.2

   Beyond "pid", the examples in this section use four additional
   properties for Internet address domains, "ISP", "ASN", "country" and
   "state", with the following values:

Are these property names, types, or both?
Should we use "countrycode" that is defined by
draft-ietf-alto-cdni-request-routing-alto, rather than the very similar
sounding "country"?

Section 10.3

   The following IRD defines ALTO Server information resources that are
   relevant to the Entity Property Service.  It provides two property
   maps: one for the "ISP" and "ASN" properties, and another one for the
   "country" and "state" properties.  [...]

I may be misreading things, but I could only find the former of these
two.  I should be looking for resources that have the
"application/alto-propmap+json" media-type and do not accept parameters,

   The server provides several filtered property maps.  The first
   returns all four properties, and the second returns only the "pid"
   property for the default network map.

Does it also return the "pid" property for the alt-network-map?

   The filtered property maps for the "ISP", "ASN", "country" and
   "state" properties do not depend on the default network map (it does
   not have a "uses" capability), because the definitions of those

I only see "ISP" showing up in the ia-property-map and the
iacs-property-map, both of which list "uses" for the

   Note that for legacy clients, the ALTO server provides an Endpoint
   Property Service for the "pid" property defined on the endpoints of
   the default network map.

Also the alt-network-map?

I think there are a couple other property maps in the returned IRD that
are not mentioned in the prose at all (not sure if they need to be).

Section 10.4

   Note that, to be compact, the response does not include the entity
   "ipv4:", because values of all those properties for this
   entity are inherited from other entities.

Is this really the single IP address, equivalent to  I
don't see why it's special enough to get called out, as opposed to the
other addresses in

                                                    The same rule
   applies to the entities "ipv4:" and "ipv4:".

Should one of these be

Section 10.5

   Note that the value of "state" for "ipv4:" is the only
   explicitly defined property; the other values are all derived by the
   inheritance rules for Internet address entities.

I think the .2.1 is explicitly defined and .2.0 is inherited...

     "property-map": {
              {".ISP": "BitsRus", ".ASN": "65543", ".state": "PA"},
              {".ISP": "BitsRus", ".ASN": "65543", ".state": "NJ"},
              {".ISP": "BitsRus", ".ASN": "65543", ".state": "CT"}

...and my reading of the table in §10.2 would have .2.0 as NJ and .2.1
as PA.

Section 10.6

       "ipv4:":     {".state": "PA"},

As above, I think this has to be .2.1.

       "ipv4:":  {".ASN": "65543",
                              ".state": "TX"},
       "ipv4:": {".ASN": "65543",
                              ".state": "MN"}

These ASNs should be 65544.

Section 11

   endpoint properties conveyed by using [RFC7285].  Client requests may
   reveal details on their activity or plans thereof, that a malicious
   user may monetize or use for attacks or undesired surveillance.

This would be a malicious Server that's in a position to do so, right
(vs. "user")?

Section 12.1

   Security considerations:
      Security considerations related to the generation and consumption
      of ALTO Protocol messages are discussed in Section 15 of

I think we should also reference Section 11 of this document as having
relevant considerations.

Section 12.2, 12.3

Should we write "priv:*" or some other wildcard to indicate that this
entry is for the class of identifiers beginning with that prefix, and
not the literal identifier "priv:"?

Section 14.1

The RFC 5246 is unused (in favor of RFC 8446, thanks!).

Section 14.2

If it's RECOMMENDED to use the RFC 8895 mechanisms, that seems to
promote 8895 to be a normative reference, per


Section 1

   and IPv6 addresses.  It is reasonable to think that collections of
   endpoints, as defined by CIDRs [RFC4632] or PIDs, may also have

We haven't defined PIDs yet.

   At first, a map of endpoint properties might seem impractical,
   because it could require enumerating the property value for every
   possible endpoint.  However, in practice, the number of endpoint
   addresses involved by an ALTO server can be quite large.  To avoid

This doesn't seem like a "however" that contrasts the previous point;
rather, it seems like an "in particular" that expounds on the scale of

      and Filtered Property Map, detailed in Section 8.  The former is a
      GET-mode resource that returns the property values for all
      entities in one or more entity domains, and is analogous to a
      network map or a cost map in [RFC7285].  The latter is a POST-mode

The terms "GET-mode" and "POST-mode" don't seem to be defined or used in
RFC 7285, so we probably need to introduce them here if we're going to
use them.

Section 4.4

   grouped in blocks.  When a same property value applies to a whole
   set, a Server can define a property for the identifier of this set
   instead of enumerating all the entities and their properties.  This

s/a same/the same/

Section 4.4.1

   An entity domain may allow using a single identifier to identify a
   set of individual entities.  For example, a CIDR block can be used to

I suggest "set of related individual entities".

Section 5.2.2

   The specific information resource of an entity property may be the
   current information resource itself, that is, the property map
   defining the property.  In that case, the ResourceID in the property
   name SHOULD be ignored.  For example, the property name ".asn"

I think s/ignored/omitted/.

Section 6.1.3

   Hierarchical addresses can also inherit properties: if a property P
   is not defined for the hierarchical address C, but is defined for a
   set of hierarchical addresses, where each address C' in the set
   covers all IP addresses in C, and C' has a shorter prefix length than

I think the usage of "set" and "covers" is unclear here.
(Also, pedantically, the empty set is a set, and any statement of the
form "<X> holds for each element of the set" is true for the empty set,
but there is no C' in the empty set to have a shorter prefix length than

   *  If that entity would inherit a value for that property, then the
      ALTO server MUST return a "null" value for that property.  In this

This is the JSON "null" value, at least for the currently defined media
types, right?  That might be worth clarifying (while retaining the
generic nature not tied to a JSON representation).

   *  If the entity would not inherit a value, then the ALTO server MAY
      return "null" or just omit the property.  In this case, the ALTO
      client cannot infer the value for this property of this entity
      from the Inheritance rules.  So the client MUST interpret that
      this property has no value.

This probably doesn't need to be a BCP 14 keyword, as the behavior
follows from the other required parts of the spec.

Section 7.6

      entity does.  The ALTO client MUST ignore any resource-specific
      property for this entity if its mapping is not indicated, in the
      IRD, in the "mappings" capability of the property map resource.

The pronoun "its" might be anti-helpful here, as (if I understand
correctly) we mean to say that the the entity domain that's the defining
information resource for this resource-specific property is what's
listed in the capabilities map, but "its" leaves the exact relation a
bit under-specified.

Section 8

   query.  To support such a case, the filtered property map provides a
   light weight response, with empty property values.

This might be (mis?)read as saying that the filtered property map
*always* provides a response with empty property values.  So I'd suggest
adding a qualifier, like "provides a facility for" or "supports a
lightweight response".

Section 8.1

   The media type of a property map resource is "application/alto-

Do we want "filtered" here?

Section 8.3

   ReqFilteredPropertyMap.  The design of object ReqFilteredPropertyMap
   supports the following cases of client requests:

The grammar seems off, here -- maybe "the object" or just
"ReqFilteredPropertyMap is designed to support"?

Section 8.6

   *  When the input member "properties" is absent from the client
      request, the Server returns a property map containaing all the

Martin Vigoureux Former IESG member
No Objection
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Robert Wilton Former IESG member
No Objection
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