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Concluded WG Internationalized Domain Name (idn)

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WG Name Internationalized Domain Name
Acronym idn
Area Applications Area (app)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-idn-01 Approved
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Personnel Chair Harald T. Alvestrand
Tech Advisor Harald T. Alvestrand
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Final Charter for Working Group

The goal of the group is to specify the requirements for
internationalized access to domain names and to specify a standards
track protocol based on the requirements.

The scope of the group is to investigate the possible means of doing
this and what methods are feasible given the technical impact they
have on the use of such names by humans as well as application
programs, as well as the impact on other users and administrators of
the domain name system.

A fundamental requirement in this work is to not disturb the current
and operation of the domain name system, and for the DNS to continue to
allow any system anywhere to resolve any domain name.

The group will not address the question of what, if any, body should
administer or control usage of names that use this functionality.

The group must identify consequences to the current deployed DNS
infrastructure, the protocols and the applications as well as
scenarios, where applicable.

The WG will actively ensure good communication with interested groups
who are studying the problem of internationalized access to domain

The Action Item(s) for the Working Group are

  1. An Informational RFC specifying the requirements for providing
    Internationalized access to domain names. The document should
    provide guidance for development solutions to this problem, taking
    localized (e.g. writing order) and related operational issues into

  2. An Informational RFC or RFC's documenting the various proposals and
    Implementations of Internationalization (i18n) of Domain Names. The
    document(s) should also provide a technical evaluation of the
    proposals by the Working Group.

  3. A standards track specification on access to internationalized
    names including specifying any transition issues.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Sep 2001 Transition RFC wg last call
Jun 2001 Transition RFC second draft
Jun 2001 Protocol RFC wg last call
Mar 2001 Protocol RFC second draft
Mar 2001 Transition RFC first draft
Jan 2001 Comparaison document wg last call
Dec 2000 Final discussion of comparaison document
Dec 2000 Protocol RFC first draft
Sep 2000 First draft of comparaison document
Aug 2000 Req document wg last call

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done Final discussion on the requirement document
Done Second version of the requirement document
Done Presentation and discussion at IETF-Adelaide
Done First draft of the requirements document