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There seems to be a major difference between 2251 and 2254
when the matching rule is absent.

Section 4.5.1 of 2251 states; "if the matching rule is absent, the
type field must be present, and the equality match is preformed
for that type".  However, from 2251 (again) , type, is an

On the other hand from 2254, production rule "extensible", if the
options [:dn] and [":" matchingrule] are left out, we get

     attr := assetionvalue

2251 makes no mention of assertionvalue in this regard.

The new drafts made no changes in this area.

Any comment / clarification?

Steve Omrani