High-level changes from IDNA2003 in the "current work"

James Seng james at seng.sg
Fri Mar 7 00:30:50 CET 2008

I am curious about (c)....wouldn't take give raise to inconsistency of
results as implementations varies?


On Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 7:02 AM, Paul Hoffman <phoffman at imc.org> wrote:
> Hi again. It would be useful for those coming in late to have a
>  summary of what changes are embodied in the current set of documents.
>  Here's my first take on such a list. If people like this format, it
>  could be used as the beginning of an outline for the BoF/WG.
>  a) Update base character set from Unicode 3.2 to Unicode 5.0 or 5.1
>  b) Disallow most symbol characters
>  c) Remove the mapping and normalization steps from the protocol and
>  have them instead done by the applications themselves, possibly in a
>  local fashion, before invoking the protocol
>  d) Change the way that the protocol specifies which characters are
>  allowed in labels from "humans decide what the table of codepoints
>  contains" to "decision about codepoints are based on Unicode
>  properties plus a small exclusion list created by humans"
>  e) Allowing typical words and names in languages such as Dhivehi and
>  Yiddish to be expressed
>  f) Make bidirectional domain names (delimited strings of labels, not
>  just labels standing on their own) display in a non-surprising fashion
>  g) Make bidirectional domain names in a paragraph display in a
>  non-surprising fashion
>  Is the list a fair categorization? Should more items be added? Should
>  some items be removed?
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