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A Uniform Resource Name (URN) Namespace for Sources of Law (LEX)

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Subject: Document Action: 'A Uniform Resource Name (URN) Namespace for Sources of Law (LEX)' to Informational RFC (draft-spinosa-urn-lex-11.txt)

The IESG has approved the following document:
- 'A Uniform Resource Name (URN) Namespace for Sources of Law (LEX)'
  (draft-spinosa-urn-lex-11.txt) as Informational RFC

This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF
Working Group.

The IESG contact person is Alexey Melnikov.

A URL of this Internet Draft is:

Ballot Text

Technical Summary

   This is an individual submission for a URN namespace registration
   using a URN NID of "lex".

   The purpose of the "lex" namespace is to assign an unequivocal
   identifier, in standard format, to documents that are sources of law
   which include any legal document within the domain of legislation,
   case law and administrative acts or regulations.

Working Group Summary

  This is not a WG document, but review on this document occurred on
   the URN-NID mailing list.

Document Quality

  Specific feedback from Patrik Falstrom and Ted Hardy led to the following

   - Section 2.4
   Added the case in which a ccTLD code is re-assigned to another country

   - Section 3.3
   Better specified that the urn:lex standard is case-sensitive

   - Section 3.4
   Specified the possibility to convert non-ascii characters with Punycode

   - Section 4.6
   The language of the source of law is expressed by BCP 47 instead of ISO 0639-1

   Additionally, grammar rule productions were changed to ABNF and
   references using IDNA were updated to current RFCs at the request of
   the document shepherd.


   Document Shepherd: Andy Newton.
   Responsible AD: Alexey Melnikov
   URN experts believe that the "lex" URN should be registered.

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