Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email
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To: IETF-Announce Cc: RFC Editor , eai mailing list , eai chair Subject: Protocol Action: 'Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email' to Proposed Standard (draft-ietf-eai-frmwrk-4952bis-12.txt) The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email' (draft-ietf-eai-frmwrk-4952bis-12.txt) as a Proposed Standard This document is the product of the Email Address Internationalization Working Group. Please note that an earlier revision of this document was already approved by the IESG for publication as Informational. As a result of IESG comments during IESG Evaluation of two other EAI documents, the WG felt that they needed to make changes to this document and change its status to Standards Track from Informational. It has now been approved as a Propsed Standard. The IESG contact persons are Pete Resnick and Peter Saint-Andre. A URL of this Internet Draft is: http://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/draft-ietf-eai-frmwrk-4952bis/
Technical Summary Full use of electronic mail throughout the world requires that (subject to other constraints) people be able to use close variations on their own names (written correctly in their own languages and scripts) as mailbox names in email addresses. This document introduces a series of specifications that define mechanisms and protocol extensions needed to fully support internationalized email addresses. These changes include an SMTP extension and extension of email header syntax to accommodate UTF-8 data. The document set also includes discussion of key assumptions and issues in deploying fully internationalized email. This document is an update of RFC 4952; it reflects additional issues identified since that document was published. Working Group Summary This document was originally targeted as Informational and approved by the IESG. However, after the main protocol documents went through IESG Evaluation, the WG decided that this document required updates to accommodate the IESG comments and needed to be put on the Standards Track as well. Document Quality This document does not describe any protocols in detail; those are in other WG documents. Ernie Daindow, Tony Hansen, Shawn Steele, and Jiankang Yao reviewed the document thoroughly and suggested text to improve it. The general protocol collection described in this document derives from prior Experimental protocols that were implemented and tested. The results of those experiments, focusing on what should be done differently as a result, are discussed in this document. At least those who implemented the Experimental protocols, and presumably some others, are likely to implement the standards-track protocols as soon as they are considered stable. There appears to be significant worldwide demand for the facilities being specified by the EAI WG and outlined in this document. Personnel Joseph Yee is the Document Shepherd. Pete Resnick is the Responsible Area Director. The EAI Working Group would like this document released as a set with the three documents previously announced (and referenced below). We would greatly appreciate that they get consecutive RFC numbers in the following (non-obvious) order: draft-ietf-eai-frmwrk-4952bis-12 draft-ietf-eai-rfc5336bis-16 draft-ietf-eai-rfc5335bis-13 draft-ietf-eai-rfc5337bis-dsn-06 The reason that 5336bis should have a lower number than 5335bis is because the current ordering of 5335 (the international email format document) and 5336 (the international email transport document) has caused some amount of confusion because the base specifications are in the other order: First is RFC 5321 (the email transport document) and second is 5322 (the email format document). And if it works out, having the RFC numbers end in 0, 1, 2, and 3 respectively might be salient to readers. Thanks for your consideration.