> -----Original Message-----
> From: David R. Conrad [mailto:David.Conrad@nominum.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, March 15, 2000 6:51 PM
> To: Karlsson Kent - keka
> Cc: 'James Seng'; David R. Conrad; email@example.com
> Subject: Re: [idn] host name vs. domain name
> > I'm saying that there should
> > be a *transition strategy* to eventually be able to
> > use UTF-8 for domain names (including host names).
> I gather you would consider the use of CIDNUC or "UTF-5"
> inappropriate as a
> transition strategy?
> What sort of transition strategy are
> you envisioning?
As I said, something along these lines:
HTTP: apparently no change needed (it does work already)
SMTP: add a new extension: UTF8HEADERS; if the sending-to
server does not declare that it can process UTF8HEADERS,
then (among other things) look up the ASCII fall-back names
for all IDNs in the message *headers* and use as replacements
in the headers. As a fall-back to the fall-back, use the
IP number "name".
SNMP, and other protocols that I'm unfamiliar with but are already
deployed (and not targeted to be more or less replaced anyway):
Some similar measures need to be done (I can't say exactly
what, since I'm not familiar with them).