I think the issue here is how we can plan a better transition than what we
have done for SMTP.
That is, if we start thinking about "8+ everywhere" instead of "ACE
everywhere" scenario, then how we can get there from here. That is the
question for the IDN group I believe.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Stracke" <jstracke(_at_)incentivesystems(_dot_)com>
Cc: <idn(_at_)ops(_dot_)ietf(_dot_)org>; <ietf-smtp(_at_)imc(_dot_)org>;
Sent: Tuesday, April 02, 2002 9:54 AM
Subject: Re: [idn] Re: 7 bits forever!
D. J. Bernstein wrote:
It is not reasonable to demand that this
7-bit garbage be allowed to remain on the network forever, at the
expense of all future implementors and users.
OK, you're obviously in a better position than I am to appreciate the cost
to implementors. But users? Suppose you could streamline qmail by
dropping support for talking to 7-bit servers. How do you convince a
postmaster to install it? The bandwidth cost of having to use 7-bit
encoding is real, but small; the cost of losing connectivity to sites is
potentially high. Worse, it's almost impossible to put an upper bound on
the cost of lost connectivity. For a company, it could mean losing
messages (and sales) from important customers; businesses have failed over
For commercial implementors, it's a no-brainer: dropping 7-bit support
will lose customers, so don't do it. For open-source implementors such as
yourself, naturally, things are less clear-cut.
|John Stracke |Principal Engineer |
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