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Re: COM/NET informational message

  • From: E.B. Dreger
  • Date: Fri Jan 03 13:34:52 2003

BV> Date: Fri, 3 Jan 2003 12:49:06 -0500
BV> From: "Verd, Brad"

[ At the risk of going OT... ]

BV> Before IDNA, some application developers had developed
BV> proprietary mechanisms designed to support IDNs. The Internet

UTF-8 is a standard.  MS products have used two-octet chars to
support Unicode for a long time.  Any reason to add yet another

BV> The A record that will be returned by VGRS points to a farm
BV> of web servers that will attempt to resolve the query.

Going to proxy SMTP as well?

BV> If a user downloads and installs the i-Nav plug-in, his or
BV> her browser will convert any IDNs entered to ASCII compatible
BV> encoding (ACE) format, according to the method described in
BV> IDNA.  As a result, subsequent DNS queries will use ASCII
BV> characters only.

Why?  Programmers already are (or should be) supporting UTF-8.
Searching RFC1035 for "binary" indicates a nameserver should be
able to handle chars >= 0x80.  All that's left is deciding on an
encoding and handling case.

BV> The web servers refuse connections on all other UDP and TCP
BV> ports, so other network services are minimally affected.

Uhhhh.... more like the ugly kludge only addresses HTTP, and
other network services just won't work.

BV> The overriding goal is to improve Internet navigation by
BV> encouraging widespread adoption of software supporting the
BV> emerging IETF standards for IDNs. These measures allow
BV> distribution of such software.

How about encouraging widespread adoption of EXISTING standards
instead of adding more cruft?  UTF-8 is standard.  Proper DNS
implementations are eight-bit safe.  People upgraded browsers
due to SSL, Year 2000, Javascript...

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