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IMAP Support for UTF-8
RFC 5738

Document type: RFC - Experimental (March 2010; Errata)
Obsoleted by RFC 6855
Updates RFC 3501
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-02
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IETF State: WG Document
Consensus: Unknown
Document shepherd: No shepherd assigned

IESG State: RFC 5738 (Experimental)
Responsible AD: Alexey Melnikov
Send notices to: eai-chairs@tools.ietf.org, draft-ietf-eai-imap-utf8@tools.ietf.org

Network Working Group                                         P. Resnick
Request for Comments: 5738                         Qualcomm Incorporated
Updates: 3501                                                  C. Newman
Category: Experimental                                  Sun Microsystems
                                                              March 2010

                         IMAP Support for UTF-8

Abstract

   This specification extends the Internet Message Access Protocol
   version 4rev1 (IMAP4rev1) to support UTF-8 encoded international
   characters in user names, mail addresses, and message headers.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for examination, experimental implementation, and
   evaluation.

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  This document is a product of the Internet Engineering
   Task Force (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF
   community.  It has received public review and has been approved for
   publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not
   all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of
   Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5738.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Conventions Used in This Document  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3.  UTF8=ACCEPT IMAP Capability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.1.  IMAP UTF-8 Quoted Strings  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.2.  UTF8 Parameter to SELECT and EXAMINE . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.3.  UTF-8 LIST and LSUB Responses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     3.4.  UTF-8 Interaction with IMAP4 LIST Command Extensions . . .  6
       3.4.1.  UTF8 and UTF8ONLY LIST Selection Options . . . . . . .  6
       3.4.2.  UTF8 LIST Return Option  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   4.  UTF8=APPEND Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   5.  UTF8=USER Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   6.  UTF8=ALL Capability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   7.  UTF8=ONLY Capability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   8.  Up-Conversion Server Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   9.  Issues with UTF-8 Header Mailstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   10. IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   11. Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   12. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     12.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     12.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   Appendix A.  Design Rationale  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   Appendix B.  Examples Demonstrating Relationships between
                UTF8= Capabilities  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   Appendix C.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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