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Post Office Protocol Version 3 (POP3) Support for UTF-8
RFC 6856

Document type: RFC - Proposed Standard (March 2013)
Obsoletes RFC 5721
Document stream: IETF
Last updated: 2013-03-12
Other versions: plain text, pdf, html

IETF State: WG Document
Consensus: Unknown
Document shepherd: John Klensin
Shepherd Write-Up: Last changed 2012-08-24

IESG State: RFC 6856 (Proposed Standard)
Responsible AD: Pete Resnick
Send notices to: eai-chairs@tools.ietf.org, draft-ietf-eai-rfc5721bis@tools.ietf.org

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        R. Gellens
Request for Comments: 6856                         QUALCOMM Incorporated
Obsoletes: 5721                                                C. Newman
Category: Standards Track                                         Oracle
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                   J. Yao
                                                                   CNNIC
                                                             K. Fujiwara
                                                                    JPRS
                                                              March 2013

        Post Office Protocol Version 3 (POP3) Support for UTF-8

Abstract

   This specification extends the Post Office Protocol version 3 (POP3)
   to support international strings encoded in UTF-8 in usernames,
   passwords, mail addresses, message headers, and protocol-level text
   strings.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   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).  Further information on
   Internet Standards is available in 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/rfc6856.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1.  Conventions Used in This Document  . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  "UTF8" Capability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     2.1.  The "UTF8" Command . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     2.2.  USER Argument to "UTF8" Capability . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3.  "LANG" Capability  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.1.  Definition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.2.  Discussion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.3.  Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   4.  Non-ASCII Character Maildrops  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
   5.  "UTF8" Response Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   6.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   7.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     8.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     8.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   Appendix A.  Design Rationale  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   Appendix B.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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1.  Introduction

   This document forms part of the Email Address Internationalization
   protocols described in the Email Address Internationalization

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