Version -02 of the topics draft

John C Klensin klensin at
Sun Apr 20 22:44:55 CEST 2008


In the process of working on a WG version of "Rationale", I 
reviewed your latest list.  A few comments, fwiw...

--On Friday, April 18, 2008 1:49 PM -0700 Paul Hoffman 
<phoffman at> wrote:

> I changed the title and organization, and I added the two
> topics that Eric Brunner asked for.

* To accurately reflect the assumptions behind the new proposal, 
item 2.3, which now reads "Disallow most symbol characters" 
should really read "Disallow all symbol and punctuation 
characters except where special exceptions are necessary" or 
something to that effect.

* I'm not sure I understand how 2.8 is different from 2.9.   Was 
this an editing error in which the parenthetical remark in 2.8 
was inserted but 2.9 not removed?

* While I have no problem with your Section 3, I wonder whether 
we get onto a slippery slope that leads to ratholes vis-a-vis 
the charter by opening a discussion of any IDN-related issue 
that anyone participating in the WG wants to discuss.   I'm not 
personally opposed to discussing either of the issues that you 
list, but wonder if we can devise a way of filtering additional 
issues that does not bog us down in reviewing each of the 
proposals that was introduced into the original WG.

* In Section 4, the statement is made as if it were a WG 
conclusion.    I don't believe that we have reached any 
consensus on that subject, which is intimately related to the 
document reorganization issues that you have wanted the WG to 
address, so it should be listed as a topic for discussion. 
Incidentally, "eventual" is misspelled in that sentence.


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