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I-D ACTION:draft-duerst-iri-00.txt



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	Title		: Internationalized Resource Identifiers (IRI)
	Author(s)	: M. Duerst, M. Suignard
	Filename	: draft-duerst-iri-00.txt
	Pages		: 24
	Date		: 19-Apr-02
	
This document defines a new protocol element, the Internationalized
Resource Identifier (IRI), as a complement to the URI [RFC2396].  An
IRI is a sequence of characters from the Universal Character Set
[ISO10646].  A mapping from IRIs to URIs is defined, which means that
IRIs can be used instead of URIs where appropriate to identify
resources.
The approach of defining a new protocol element was chosen, instead
of extending or changing the definition of URIs, to allow a clear
distinction and to avoid incompatibilities with existing software.

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