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Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications (IDNA): Protocol

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual in app area)
Author Dr. John C. Klensin
Last updated 2015-10-14 (Latest revision 2008-02-07)
Replaced by RFC 5891
Stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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IESG IESG state Replaced by draft-ietf-idnabis-protocol
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This document supplies the protocol definition for a revised and updated specification for internationalized domain names (IDNs). The rationale for these changes, the relationship to the older specification, and important terminology are provided in other documents. This document specifies the protocol mechanism, called Internationalizing Domain Names in Applications (IDNA), for registering and looking up IDNs in a way that does not require changes to the DNS itself. IDNA is only meant for processing domain names, not free text.


Dr. John C. Klensin

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