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Defer VIRTIO-178: Normative vs. Non-Normative text unmarked

Should the TC defer issue VIRTIO-178, after specification version(s) "virtio-v1.1-cs01"?

Please vote Yes if you agree with all of the following.
If you disagree, please vote No.
If you don't have an opinion, please vote Abstain.

I move that:
The TC agrees to defer resolving the following specification issue:
VIRTIO-178: Normative vs. Non-Normative text unmarked
I'm assuming that 1 Introduction, your "for example" under 1.4 Structure Specifications, and at least some of the 62 Notes: are non-normative, but have not been so marked or described. That is you can use non-normative on a section heading and/or say: All notes are non-normative.

In particular I have in mind notes like:

"Note: For example, a device which does not expect to send interrupts at a high rate might only specify 2 MSI-X vectors."

In terms of conformance to this specification, clearly non-normative language. As are many of the remaining 61 uses of note.


The TC agrees that the issue will not be resolved for the revision
"virtio-v1.1-cs01" of the specification.

There does not appear any bona fide confusion: reporter had no trouble
understanding that a note with "for example" is a non-normative one,
while a note with a "MUST" is a normative one.

The issue is also present in the same form in virtio-v1.0-cs04.


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 [ ]  Yes
 [ ]  No
 [ ]  Abstain
Opening:   Friday, 8 March 2019 @ 01:00 am EST
Closing:   Friday, 15 March 2019 @ 01:00 am EDT
Group:   OASIS Virtual I/O Device (VIRTIO) TC
Ballot has closed.

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Option # Votes % of Total
Yes 4 100%
No 0 0%
Abstain 1
Eligible members who have voted: 4 of 6 67%
Eligible members who have abstained: 1 of 6 17%
Eligible members who have not voted: 1 of 6 17%

Voting Details

Voter Company VoteReference Document and/or Comment
Halil Pasic
Mihai Carabas
Michael S. Tsirkin
Red Hat
Stefan Hajnoczi
Red Hat
Cornelia Huck
Red Hat
Jan Kiszka
Siemens AG