Solving the UTF-8 problem

Doug Ewell dewell at
Wed Jul 4 07:08:14 CEST 2007

John Cowan <cowan at ccil dot org> wrote:

> I still think the email argument is the compelling one.  We *will* 
> have corruption no matter what.

My suggestion is that we send new and changed records to IANA in UTF-8, 
as file attachments, possibly zipped or gzipped or wrapped in some other 
sort of binary armor to help protect against damage.  I'm not worried 
about that part; I haven't received a corrupted GIF or JPEG sent that 
way in 10 years.

The part I'm not sure about is convincing the list that the record 
submitted to IANA, in this high-security way, is the exact same as the 
one list members have agreed upon.  This is a bit touchy because of the 
two recent submissions whose Comments fields were altered before being 
sent to IANA.  I'm sure we can come up with a solution that will satisfy 
almost everyone; I'm just not sure what that solution will be.

Doug Ewell  *  Fullerton, California, USA  *  RFC 4645  *  UTN #14

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