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i74: Encoding for non-ASCII headers

From: Mark Nottingham <mnot@mnot.net>
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 20:52:30 +1100
Message-Id: <F3F88298-484C-4FCF-AE8F-CAB2B9EC1BF0@mnot.net>
To: HTTP Working Group <ietf-http-wg@w3.org>

I think we've actually made progress on this; AFAICT, we seem to be  
moving towards removing the generic text WRT RFC2047 encoding and  
replacing it* with something that says that individual headers need to  
nominate an encoding mechanism directly, and giving guidance on when  
they should do so (roughly, wherever something is a candidate for  
display and/or user input).

Is that where we're at?

If so, the next step would be to craft recommendations / requirements  
about what that mechanism will be. Possibilities discussed;

a) RFC2047
b) UTF-8
c) Something from BCP137 section 5

Separately, we'd need to open new issues for specifying these  
encodings for the field-values of:
   - From
   - Warning
   - Content-Location
   - Location
   - Referer
   - Content-Dispostion (?)

Am I overlooking anything?

* It isn't actually replacing it, it's moving it to something specific  
to the field-value of headers. I don't hear anyone talking about  
internationalising other protocol elements at this point...

Mark Nottingham     http://www.mnot.net/
Received on Monday, 17 March 2008 09:53:17 UTC

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