# Document Shepherd Write-Up for Group Documents
*This version is dated 4 July 2022.*
Thank you for your service as a document shepherd. Among the responsibilities is
answering the questions in this write-up to give helpful context to Last Call
and Internet Engineering Steering Group ([IESG]) reviewers, and your
diligence in completing it is appreciated. The full role of the shepherd is
further described in [RFC 4858]. You will need the cooperation of the authors
and editors to complete these checks.
Note that some numbered items contain multiple related questions; please be sure
to answer all of them.
## Document History
1. Does the working group (WG) consensus represent the strong concurrence of a
few individuals, with others being silent, or did it reach broad agreement?
The document is part of a larger set of documents that were developed together.
This was but one of those documents. The consensus, which was with a few
individuals, was mostly for the entire set of documents.
2. Was there controversy about particular points, or were there decisions where
the consensus was particularly rough?
The only controversy, which was early on, was with the scope of the document,
and whether the work should be done in NETCONF or the HTTPBIS WG. After
discussion with the chairs of HTTPSBIS WG, the scope of the document was
narrowed down to what was needed to support the RESTCONF protocol, for which
HTTP forms the transport protocol, and it was agreed that the work would stay
with NETCONF WG.
3. Has anyone threatened an appeal or otherwise indicated extreme discontent? If
so, please summarize the areas of conflict in separate email messages to the
responsible Area Director. (It should be in a separate email because this
questionnaire is publicly available.)
No. No one has objected in very strong terms any areas of conflict.
4. For protocol documents, are there existing implementations of the contents of
the document? Have a significant number of potential implementers indicated
plans to implement? Are any existing implementations reported somewhere,
either in the document itself (as [RFC 7942] recommends) or elsewhere
draft-ietf-netconf-https-notif uses groupings defined in this document.
## Additional Reviews
5. Do the contents of this document closely interact with technologies in other
IETF working groups or external organizations, and would it therefore benefit
from their review? Have those reviews occurred? If yes, describe which
reviews took place.
This document was cross-posted to the HTTPBIS WG for their reviews and
comments, and any comments received from them were incorporated into the
6. Describe how the document meets any required formal expert review criteria,
such as the MIB Doctor, YANG Doctor, media type, and URI type reviews.
The document has been reviewed by YANG doctors, and the comments from that
review have been incorporated into the document.
7. If the document contains a YANG module, has the final version of the module
been checked with any of the [recommended validation tools] for syntax and
formatting validation? If there are any resulting errors or warnings, what is
the justification for not fixing them at this time? Does the YANG module
comply with the Network Management Datastore Architecture (NMDA) as specified
in [RFC 8342]?
The document has a couple of warnings that result from validating them with
yanglint. The document is complaint with NMDA.
8. Describe reviews and automated checks performed to validate sections of the
final version of the document written in a formal language, such as XML code,
BNF rules, MIB definitions, CBOR's CDDL, etc.
The document has a couple of examples in the form of XML, but because the
examples are incomplete, they cannot be validated.
## Document Shepherd Checks
9. Based on the shepherd's review of the document, is it their opinion that this
document is needed, clearly written, complete, correctly designed, and ready
to be handed off to the responsible Area Director?
The document is needed to configure and manage RESTCONF, is clearly written,
and designed in a way that it can be used in conjunction with other documents.
It has one possible issue which needs to be addressed before it can be sent to
10. Several IETF Areas have assembled [lists of common issues that their
reviewers encounter]. For which areas have such issues been identified
and addressed? For which does this still need to happen in subsequent
11. What type of RFC publication is being requested on the IETF stream ([Best
Current Practice], [Proposed Standard, Internet Standard],
[Informational, Experimental or Historic])? Why is this the proper type
of RFC? Do all Datatracker state attributes correctly reflect this intent?
This document is of type Proposed Standard because of definitions for how HTTP
protocol needs to be used when the groupings defined in the document are used.
12. Have reasonable efforts been made to remind all authors of the intellectual
property rights (IPR) disclosure obligations described in [BCP 79]? To
the best of your knowledge, have all required disclosures been filed? If
not, explain why. If yes, summarize any relevant discussion, including links
to publicly-available messages when applicable.
An IPR poll was issued and all the authors affirmed that no IPRs apply towards
13. Has each author, editor, and contributor shown their willingness to be
listed as such? If the total number of authors and editors on the front page
is greater than five, please provide a justification.
There is only one author/editor of the draft.
14. Document any remaining I-D nits in this document. Simply running the [idnits
tool] is not enough; please review the ["Content Guidelines" on
authors.ietf.org]. (Also note that the current idnits tool generates
some incorrect warnings; a rewrite is underway.)
No I-D nits have been identified.
15. Should any informative references be normative or vice-versa? See the [IESG
Statement on Normative and Informative References].
The informative and normative references have been cited correctly.
16. List any normative references that are not freely available to anyone. Did
the community have sufficient access to review any such normative
All the normative references are freely available to anyone.
17. Are there any normative downward references (see [RFC 3967] and [BCP
97]) that are not already listed in the [DOWNREF registry]? If so,
18. Are there normative references to documents that are not ready to be
submitted to the IESG for publication or are otherwise in an unclear state?
If so, what is the plan for their completion?
19. Will publication of this document change the status of any existing RFCs? If
so, does the Datatracker metadata correctly reflect this and are those RFCs
listed on the title page, in the abstract, and discussed in the
introduction? If not, explain why and point to the part of the document
where the relationship of this document to these other RFCs is discussed.
The publication of this document will not change the status of any existing RFC.
20. Describe the document shepherd's review of the IANA considerations section,
especially with regard to its consistency with the body of the document.
Confirm that all aspects of the document requiring IANA assignments are
associated with the appropriate reservations in IANA registries. Confirm
that any referenced IANA registries have been clearly identified. Confirm
that each newly created IANA registry specifies its initial contents,
allocations procedures, and a reasonable name (see [RFC 8126]).
The IANA considerations makes two additions, one to the "IETF XML" registry and
the other to the "YANG Modules Names" registry. The registration identifies all
the entries for the registry.
21. List any new IANA registries that require Designated Expert Review for
future allocations. Are the instructions to the Designated Expert clear?
Please include suggestions of designated experts, if appropriate.