Internationalization Directorate (i18ndir)
|Directorate (with reviews)||Name||Internationalization Directorate|
|Area||Applications and Real-Time Area (art)|
The Internationalization Directorate is a specialized advisory group that assists the Area Directors of the Applications and Real-Time Area with regard to internationalization, in accordance with RFC 2418.
In support of a global Internet, the IETF has long worked on internationalization of the Internet through technologies such as text encodings (RFC 20, RFC 3629, RFC 5198), character sets (RFC 2277), language tags (RFC 5646), URIs (RFC 3986), domain names (RFC 5890), email addresses (RFC 6530) and headers (RFC 6532), HTTP headers (RFC 7231, RFC 8187), and usernames and passwords (RFC 8265). Because the appropriate use of these technologies in any particular Internet protocol is not always clear-cut, specifications developed within the IETF often need to be reviewed by individuals with competence in internationalization. Another sort of review is required for adjustments to the underlying technologies themselves, for instance handling issues with internationalized domain names that arise because of updates to the Unicode standard.
The directorate consists of experienced members of the IETF and the broader technical and language communities who have competence in internationalization. The directorate has the following responsibilities:
- Reviews Internet-Drafts and provides guidance to the ART area directors, specification authors and working groups that re-use or ought to re-use IETF internationalization technologies or that otherwise touch on internationalization issues. Such reviews have the same weight as any other community reviews, for example IETF last call reviews.
- Advises Area Directors and other IETF stakeholders (including other directorates and review teams, such as the Security Directorate and ART Area Review Team) with regard to internationalization.
- Maintains an effective team by organizing its work processes, documenting recommended solutions to common internationalization issues, recruiting new team members, and training team members and IETF participants.
In short, the internationalization directorate acts as a consultative group of experts offering expertise and guidelines with respect to internationalization within the IETF.
Liaison activities with other standards development organizations (such as the Unicode Consortium) are not in scope for the directorate.
The directorate can be contacted by sending e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org