Re: BCP 19, RFC 2978 on IANA Charset Registration Procedures

From: Misha Wolf (
Date: Thu Oct 19 2000 - 15:08:25 EDT

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        BCP 19
        RFC 2978

        Title: IANA Charset Registration Procedures
        Author(s): N. Freed, J. Postel
        Status: Best Current Practice
        Date: October 2000
        Pages: 11
        Characters: 21615
        Obsoletes: 2278
        I-D Tag: draft-freed-charset-regist-03.txt


Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (MIME) (RFC-2045, RFC-2046,
RFC-2047, RFC-2184) and various other Internet protocols are capable
of using many different charsets. This in turn means that the ability
to label different charsets is essential.
Note: The charset registration procedure exists solely to associate a
specific name or names with a given charset and to give an indication
of whether or not a given charset can be used in MIME text objects.
In particular, the general applicability and appropriateness of a
given registered charset to a particular application is a protocol
issue, not a registration issue, and is not dealt with by this
registration procedure.

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