Stability of valid IDN labels
ebw at abenaki.wabanaki.net
Tue Apr 22 20:40:19 CEST 2008
Of course the first thing I did was google for "+unicode +u+1E9F", and
observed that it is upper-case, and therefore, in itself, of little
inate relevance to the DNS, where the broad rule is "case fold where
It is however, an instance of requirements agency that is outside of the
scope of this WG, assuming that this WG's requirements originate from
the institutions I mentioned yesterday -- broadly -- ICANN and little
else, except perhaps some DNS registry operators as an additional set of
I'm glad you're going to get a site administrator to look into the final
issue Frank identified, as there is a historic issue with using texts
which are only conditionally available. Its been ages since I last spent
time on IETF process, but I'm sure someone on this list has the current
Mark Davis wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 22, 2008 at 10:43 AM, Frank Ellermann
> <hmdmhdfmhdjmzdtjmzdtzktdkztdjz at gmail.com
> <mailto:hmdmhdfmhdjmzdtjmzdtzktdkztdjz at gmail.com>> wrote:
> John C Klensin wrote:
> > To say this a little differently, such changes in Unicode are
> > not made in secret, but involve opportunities for public
> > discussion. It is reasonable to assume that the negative
> > effects on IDNs of making such changes would be part of the
> > relevant discussions.
> I'm far from sure how reasonable that is: The introduction of
> u+1E9E was discussed in public, but decided by a third party
> not interested in its effects on the Internet, let alone IDN.
> For those who (perhaps unlike Frank) have not memorized the code
> points of all characters, this is the *CAPITAL SHARP S.*
> While of course Unicode can't be limited to just characters that work
> in IDN, this particular change -- and the ramifications for security
> and compatibility -- it was discussed at great length over the course
> of many meetings. It was encoded largely at the request of the German
> national body.
> Moreover, there is little issue that the form occurs in documents, nor
> that it is not the preferred capitalization.
> The Unicode list is not really public, e.g., it was removed
> from Gmane.org later, and it is not indexed by search engines.
> This is neither relevant nor public for practical purposes:
> I'll ask our administrator, but you can certainly search for material
> that is in the Unicode archives. Try:
> Disallow: /cgi-bin/ in <http://www.unicode.org/robots.txt>
> is about the Web interface to the Unicode list archive among
> other things.
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