This is for you and others that you know who are working on EAI.
Email Address Internationalization (EAI) Program
If you’re part of the email community, send a note to don.hollander <at> icann.org
join the UASG EAI Program to shape the deployment of internationalized
email addresses (e.g., Борис <at> пример.рф).
Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG) is a community initiative that’s
supported by ICANN with a goal of addressing Universal Acceptance – the idea
that all domain names work equally well.
(Email Address Internationalization) is an important part of the UASG’s
work. Our mission is to encourage wide implementation of EAI and to do
this we’re keen to coordination and facilitate discussions among EAI
UASG has launched the “UASG EAI Program” to coordinate interoperability testing
and discussion of internationalized email addresses.
email addresses have non-ASCII characters in the local part (to the left of the
<at> symbol in left-to-right scripts) of the email address. They can (and usually
do) have an internationalized domain name. For example: Борис <at> пример.рф
standards for internationalized email addresses are defined in RFCs 6530,
Since they have yet to be widely adopted, there are few industry best-practices
for behaviors that are outside their scope.
goals of the UASG EAI Program are to demonstrate the ability
mail to EAI Addresses
mail at EAI addresses
gaps in the RFCs: things that need to be covered before widespread adoption is
‘good practice’ for EAI deployment
a forum for EAI practitioners to talk.
challenges might include:
happens when EAI mail goes to a non-EAI compliant platform
EAI mail outside of email systems
with right-to-left scripts (does the domain go on the right or the
much, much more.
UASG EAI Program is now seeking participants from the e-mail software and
service provider community.
for service providers:
a project within your organization to implement support for EAI and the RFCs
a single point-of-contact for the UASG EAI Program. (This can be the same person
who’s working on the project internally.)
other members of the UASG EAI Program to access a limited number of test
accounts for interoperability testing.
these ends, we’ve created an EAI mailing list and will be working to identify
EAI practitioners and facilitating interaction.
you’d like to participate, please send a note to don.hollander <at> icann.org.