(1) Come up with a definition for the things we call character sets in MIME
that we register with IANA. This is critical and it has to be something
we can all live with.
(2) Add wording to the effect that beyond US-ASCII the MIME specifications
makes no recommendation for what character sets are appropriate for any
(3) Stop debating the merit or lack thereof of 10646/Unicode on this list.
I think we're all well acquainted with the various sides of this issue
and the discussion has devolved into picking tiny semantic nits out of
the various arguments.
(4) Send the people who are working on the representation of 10646/Unicode
in MIME off to a separate corner where hopefully they'll be able to
come up with one or more draft RFCs on how it should be done. I really
think it is time for some concrete proposals with all the details
filled in. (Yes, I know that various people have posted various
pre-draft things describing this stuff to the list. Frankly, I'm
having a lot of trouble keeping them all straight, and I'm sure others
are as well. A set of concrete proposals would help a lot.)
I agree with all four items.