DRAFT IRI Working Group Charter
- Goals for IRI work in IETF http://trac.tools.ietf.org/area/app/trac/wiki/IriWorkGoals
This working group will produce
- A new version of RFC 3987: "Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRIs)"
- A new version of RFC 4395: "Guidelines and Registration Procedures for New URI Schemes"
The new version of RFC 3987 may be split into separate documents, if, in the opinion of the chair(s), it would facilitate distribution of the workload and allow more focused reviews. For example, the following breakdown has been suggested:
- Handling of Internationalized domain names in IRIs (BCP)
- Internationalization Considerations in IRIs (guidelines for BIDI, character ranges to avoid, special considerations) (BCP)
- Syntax, parsing, comparison of IRIs (Standards track)
The working group starts with a relatively mature update to RFC 3987 in preparation; the primary focus of the group is to resolve conflicting uses, requirements and best practices for internationalized URLs/URIs/IRIs and various other forms, among many specifications and committees, while moving toward consistent use of IRIs among the wide range of Internet applications that use them. In particular:
- The IRI specification(s) must (continue to) be suitable for normative reference with Web and XML standards from W3C specifications. The group should coordinate with the W3C working groups on HTML, XML Core, and Internationalization to ensure acceptability (see HTML Editor requirements at end of referenced 'goals' list).
- The IRI specification(s) should be follow best practices for domain names. The group should coordinate with the IETF IDNA working group to assure acceptability.
- Explicit review by experts on (and native speakers) of RTL languages, of the recommendations for BIDI languages, is required.
In Addition the Working Group will examine at least one and possibly more URI/IRI schemes to check that the new specification(s) are appropriate for existing schemes. Schemes suggested for review include http:, pop:, imap:, xmpp:, mailto:, and sip:.
Changes to RFC 3986 ("Uniform Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax") are explicitly out of scope of this charter, and may only be considered with a charter update.
Current Internet Drafts
BOF Chairs: Ted Hardie and Pete Resnick
Mailing list: firstname.lastname@example.org
Responsible AD: Alexey Melnikov
- January 2010
- Additional update of Internet drafts by editor(s)
- February 2010
- Review of Internet Drafts, directions during W3C and IETF
- May 2010
- Working group Last Call of all documents
- June 2010
- Publish IRI documents as RFCs (BCP, standards track, as appropriate)
Additional documents for review and groups for liaison
For this working group to succeed, agreement of the affected communities, including the following, is required:
IDNA requirements for domain names in identifiers
Being prepared by:
- IETF IDNABIS working group http://www.ietf.org/dyn/wg/charter/idnabis-charter.html
HTTPBIS definition of http: URI scheme
- http://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-ietf-httpbis-p1-messaging, section 9.2 on HTTP URI scheme
Being prepared by:
- HTTPBIS working group tools.ietf.org/wg/httpbis/charters
Work on IDNA, TR 46.
- http://www.unicode.org/reports/tr46/ Draft of Unicode consortium report on IDNA
HTML5 definition of "URLs"
- HTML5 definition of URL http://dev.w3.org/html5/spec/Overview.html#urls
- See Issue 56 http://www.w3.org/html/wg/tracker/issues/56
Being prepared by:
- W3C HTML Working Group http://www.w3.org/html/wg/
- WHATWG http://www.whatwg.org/
W3C I18N CORE
W3C Internationalization Core Working Group
Sponsor and coordinating body for W3C activity on IRIs