Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs)
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <firstname.lastname@example.org>, RFC Editor <email@example.com> Subject: Protocol Action: 'Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs)' to Proposed Standard The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs) ' <draft-duerst-iri-12.txt> as a Proposed Standard This document has been reviewed in the IETF but is not the product of an IETF Working Group. The IESG contact person is Ted Hardie. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-duerst-iri-12.txt
Technical Summary This document describes Internationalized Resource Identifiers and their relationship to URIs. While the character limitations of URIs are not usually an issue for protocol processing, they may restrict the usefulness of the identifiers presented to end users or systems expecting a different range of characters. Rather than extend URIs, this document introduces a new identifier type and a describes a relationship to URIs. Within an IETF context, IRIs will likely be used as presentation elements. There are cases, such as XML namespaces, in which an IRI may be used as a token, because character-by-character equivalence is the only property used for protocol processing. In no case should an implementor assume that an IRI may be substituted for a URI in an existing protocol grammar; either the generative grammar associated with the protocol must be updated to specify IRIs or the implementation must transform an IRI into a URI before use. Working Group Summary This work was initiated in the W3C, and it has been broadly accepted in that context. It has also been discussed on the URI mailing list and a public, open list (firstname.lastname@example.org) dedicated to the topic. Considerable care has been taken to keep this specification well-synchronized with the URI specification. There were issues raised during IETF Last Call, and a new document version resolving those issues was submitted.