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John C Klensin klensin at
Fri Mar 7 23:38:01 CET 2008

--On Friday, 07 March, 2008 14:22 -0800 Paul Hoffman
<phoffman at> wrote:

> At 2:07 PM -0500 3/7/08, Vint Cerf wrote:
>> switching to a new prefix is a very serious thing and I hope
>> we are  able to avoid that...
> Note that changing the prefix seems prohibited by our current
> charter text:
> In particular, IDNs continue to
> use the "xn--" prefix and the same ASCII-compatible encoding,
> and the bidirectional algorithm follows the same basic design.

Certainly, a conclusion that a prefix change was needed would
require either rejecting or [re]opening the charter.

Independent of particular wording in the charter, if one needed
to sort through the transition and other implications associated
with a prefix change, it would change the benchmarks and general
plan for a WG significantly... perhaps significantly enough that
one would have to start asking questions about whether enough
people really had sufficient energy.


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