To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Three new I-Ds re. URL i18n Date: Thu, 31 Jul 1997 15:49:08 +0200 From: Martin J Duerst <email@example.com> Message-ID: <"josef.ifi..259:31.06.97.13.49.16"@ifi.unizh.ch> Dear friends, Yesterday I have submitted three Internet-drafts (deadlines make me work :-) connected to the topic of internationalization of internet identifiers. They should soon appear in the IETF anouncements and on the respective ftp servers. You can already obtain them as: ftp://ftp.ifi.unizh.ch/outgoing/draft-duerst-dns-i18n-01.txt ftp://ftp.ifi.unizh.ch/outgoing/draft-duerst-i18n-norm-00.txt ftp://ftp.ifi.unizh.ch/outgoing/draft-duerst-query-i18n-00.txt The first draft describes a method to internationalize DNS easily without having to change the core DNS software in any way. It is an update of a draft that expired a few weeks ago. With enough consensus, this could go into experimental phase rather quickly. The second draft is an *initial attempt* at defining normalization and additional guidelines for international identifiers. This is necessary to eliminate bad user surprises, but does not have very high priority as the normalization rules can be defined so that most current systems and users anyway only produce already normalized identifiers. The third draft contains material about the problem of internationalizing the query component in URLs. This is a particularly important, but also particularly tricky part of URL internationalization. The draft describes a convention currently used by most browsers (and working in many cases), and some additions to the HTTP protocol (intended to be version-independent) for a safe upgrade to UTF-8 URLs. The basic idea should be sound; the syntax and terminology may need more work. I am glad about any feedback directly back to me or on any of the lists I am posting this information. I appologize to those that get this information more than once. I will also be in Munich and look forward to talk to anybody interested. However, because most parties seriously interested in URL internationalization (their number is steadily increasing :-) have indicated that they won't be able to attend Munich, I have unfortunately had to cancel a planned official meeting (the specific topic of the meeting was that of the second draft above). I hope that a meeting will become reality at a later IETF. One occasion where there will certainly be a lot of discussion about internationalized URLs, just because many of the players happen to attend or be around, will be the upcomming 11th International Unicode Conference in early September in San Jose. Regards, Martin.