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RFC 3492 on Punycode: A Bootstring encoding of Unicode for Internationalized Domain Names in Applications (IDNA)
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Title: Punycode: A Bootstring encoding of Unicode
for Internationalized Domain Names in Applications
Author(s): A. Costello
Status: Standards Track
Date: March 2003
I-D Tag: draft-ietf-idn-punycode-03.txt
Punycode is a simple and efficient transfer encoding syntax designed
for use with Internationalized Domain Names in Applications
(IDNA). It uniquely and reversibly transforms a Unicode string into
an ASCII string. ASCII characters in the Unicode string are
represented literally, and non-ASCII characters are represented by
ASCII characters that are allowed in host name labels (letters,
digits, and hyphens). This document defines a general algorithm
called Bootstring that allows a string of basic code points to
uniquely represent any string of code points drawn from a larger set.
Punycode is an instance of Bootstring that uses particular parameter
values specified by this document, appropriate for IDNA.
This document is a product of the Internationalized Domain Name
Working Group of the IETF.
This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.
This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for
the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions
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Joyce K. Reynolds and Sandy Ginoza
USC/Information Sciences Institute
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