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Re: Non-ASCII in email address ?

From: A. Vine <andrea.vine@Sun.COM>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 2004 09:32:56 -0700
To: kuro@sonic.net
Cc: www-international@w3.org
Message-id: <40DB0238.9050008@sun.com>

That standard isn't there yet.  People can reason their way into any assumption, 
but the truth is that the mail standards haven't been finalized on that, which 
means that the likelihood of implementations is very slim.

KUROSAKA Teruhiko wrote:

> I'm monitoring Struts (JSP/Servlet based application development
> framework) development mailing list and this bug report
> cauthg my eyes:
> http://issues.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=29787
> Here, the submitter claims that email address whose user
> portion (user@domain) contains a letter u with diaeresis
> (U+00fc) should be allowed by the Struts validator component.
> The submitter reasons that since IDN allows non-ASCII
> in the domain name, non-ASCII should be allowed in email
> address as well.
> This reasoning sounds logical but I haven't heard about
> a discussion legalizing non-ASCII character in the
> email addresses.  Am I right to assume that
> email addresses must be all in ASCII ? (By email address,
> I mean user@domain, not the real names put inside () after
> user@domain, or outside of <user@domain> which are allowed
> to have non-ASCII by MIME for long time).

I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. 
My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.
-Bjarne Stroustrup, designer of C++ programming language (1950- )
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