[rfc-dist] RFC 3743 on Joint Engineering Team (JET) Guidelines for Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Registration and Administration for Chinese, Japanese, and Korean

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        RFC 3743

        Title:      Joint Engineering Team (JET) Guidelines for
                    Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Registration
                    and Administration for Chinese, Japanese, and
        Author(s):  K. Konishi, K. Huang, H. Qian, Y. Ko
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       April 2004
        Mailbox:    konishi at jp.apan.net, huangk at alum.sinica.edu,
                    Hlqian at cnnic.net.cn, yw at mrko.pe.kr
        Pages:      33
        Characters: 74963
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:    None

        I-D Tag:    draft-jseng-idn-admin-05.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3743.txt

Achieving internationalized access to domain names raises many complex
issues.  These are associated not only with basic protocol design,
such as how names are represented on the network, compared, and
converted to appropriate forms, but also with issues and options for
deployment, transition, registration, and administration.

The IETF Standards for Internationalized Domain Names, known as
"IDNA", focuses on access to domain names in a range of scripts that
is broader in scope than the original ASCII.  The development process
made it clear that use of characters with similar appearances and/or
interpretations created potential for confusion, as well as
difficulties in deployment and transition.  The conclusion was that,
while those issues were important, they could best be addressed
administratively rather than through restrictions embedded in the
protocols.  This document defines a set of guidelines for applying
restrictions of that type for Chinese, Japanese and Korean (CJK)
scripts and the zones that use them and, perhaps, the beginning of a
framework for thinking about other zones, languages, and scripts.

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