Introducing draft-denog-v6ops-addresspartnaming

William Herrin bill at
Fri Nov 19 14:45:55 CST 2010

On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 9:07 PM, Richard Hartmann
<richih.mailinglist at> wrote:
> as most of you are aware, there is no definite, canonical name for the
> two bytes of IPv6 addresses between colons. This forces people to use
> a description like I just did instead of a single, specific term.

Hi Richard,

I have an anti-naming proposal: Allow users to place the colons
-anywhere- or even leave them out altogether without changing the
semantics of the IPv6 address.

The colons are there for readability purposes only. They have no
special significance and should not be elevated to significance by
naming the parts of the address they delineate. Treat them specially
and some fools will attach importance to arranging tasks on two-byte

The meaningful boundaries in the protocol itself are nibble and /64.
If you want socially significant boundaries, add /12, /32 and /48.

Bill Herrin

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