Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email
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From: The IESG <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: IETF-Announce <email@example.com> Cc: Internet Architecture Board <firstname.lastname@example.org>, RFC Editor <email@example.com>, eai mailing list <firstname.lastname@example.org>, eai chair <email@example.com> Subject: Document Action: 'Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email' to Informational RFC The IESG has approved the following document: - 'Overview and Framework for Internationalized Email ' <draft-ietf-eai-framework-06.txt> as an Informational RFC This document is the product of the Email Address Internationalization Working Group. The IESG contact persons are Ted Hardie and Lisa Dusseault. A URL of this Internet-Draft is: http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-eai-framework-06.txt
Technical Summary Full use of electronic mail throughout the world requires that people be able to use 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. Working Group Summary The decision to not provide any means of "automatic encapsulation" of UTF-8 email addresses, but instead insist that the sender specify an alternate address for downgrading purposes was controversial, but was definitely the decision of the working group. Document Quality This document is not subject to independent implementation, but the Chairs believe that it will be a useful tool in producing further specifications and guiding subsequent efforts. The Document Shepherd is Harald Alvestrand. The responsible AD is Ted Hardie.