[gtld-tech] Draft RDAP Operational Profile for gTLD Registries and Registrars

John Levine johnl at taugh.com
Fri Oct 2 21:00:50 UTC 2015

Took a look, some comments:

1.3.2 - I agree that RDAP providers have to offer https, but I don't
see why they can't also offer plain http if they want.

1.4.1 - it says servers must support A-labels or U-labels, but I expect
you mean they have to accept both.  Do they have to accept names with
a mixture of the two?

1.4.4 and 1.4.5 - this currently says that all of the JSON has to be
returned as one giant line with no line breaks, which doesn't match
the examples in RFC 7483 and doesn't make much sense.  It it supposed
to say there's no leading or trailing spaces or line breaks inside of
JSON string values?

2.8.2 - says that if a service moves, the old service only needs to
stay up until the IANA bootstrap http expiration.  That's a week,
which seems too short.  Once the set of TLDs stabilizes, I expect
people will refresh their bootstrap on the order of once a month.

2.8.3 - I don't understand it.  Is it supposed to mean don't publish
a bootstrap until the server is available on both ipv4 and ipv6?  If so
that seems redundant with 1.3.6.

3.1.2 - if you query a registrar for a name, it belongs to someone
else, and the registrar happens to know whose it is (an affiliate with
a separate RDAP server, perhaps) what's the harm in allowing a 301 to
redirect there?


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