1. Requirements for internationalization of FTP. The group would make recommendations on what changes/additions FTP needs to better support non-English language users. This is expected to result in an informational guide for design criteria to be used for internationalization of FTP commands.
2. Define a new command for a uniform directory listing between platforms. This command would provide an alternate to the existing LIST and NLST commands with a command which has a common format between all FTP implementations and which also provides the ability to represent non-ASCII filenames.
3. Recommendations for standards-track protocol extensions to support IPv6 in FTP. The group would evaluate RFC 1639 and recommend, revise, or redo as appropriate.
4. Define a mechanism for ftp clients and servers to transmit information regarding extensions supported and not supported. A simple method needs to be available for a server to let the client know what extensions are supported.
5. The group would solicit input from interested parties to submit drafts for better authentication within FTP. The group would be expected to review and make recommendations on the proposals.
6. Define a standardized method of checkpoint/restart which works for the stream transfer mode.
7. Define a means of file transfer between a client and server (as opposed to a client mediating a transfer between two servers) which does not require the IP addresses of the endpoints to be transmitted in the FTP protocol.
8. Solicit a person or persons to write an informational document covering SIZE and MDTM as currently used.
The following issues are specifically omitted from the working group's charter, but may be added by the Area Directors if time permits, once the above goals have been acheived.
1. Compression of files for transmission.
2. Internationalization of charset conversion for transmission.