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   Re: [xml-dev] Registered Namespace prefixes

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Simon St.Laurent scripsit:

> It's not clear that the "IANA function" in general has been contracted
> to ICANN - the message appears to be only about country codes.  I'd
> certainly like clarification on the status of the IANA generally,
> though.

Thus spake RFC 3160, the Tao of the IETF (2001 but still current):

#   The core registrar for the IETF's activities is the IANA.  Many
#   Internet protocols require that someone keep track of protocol items
#   that were added after the protocol came out.  Typical examples of the
#   kinds of registries needed are for TCP port numbers and MIME types.
#   The IAB has designated the IANA organization to perform these tasks,
#   and the IANA's activities are financially supported by ICANN, the
#   Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

Who pays the piper calls the tune, and the Commerce Department is simply
reaffirming the status quo.

John Cowan                              <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
http://www.ccil.org/~cowan              http://www.reutershealth.com
Unified Gaelic in Cyrillic script!


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