[August 13, 2001] The Internet-Draft 'draft-wesson-whois-export-03.txt' from the Network Working Group presents "a technique for using XML (Extensible Markup Language) as a source format exchanging WHOIS data related to Domain Registration Information, for the purpose of exporting Registry, Registrar, or Registrant data into a portable and verifiable format."
"The whois service has been distributed among ICANN approved registrars since the breakup of the NSI monopoly on Domain Registrations. This data is now served up my many non-interpolating WHOIS servers. The data contained in a WHOIS response is consist and but the formatting varies from Registrar to Registrar. This document proposes a XML encapsulation of WHOIS data what will add the necessary structure to support the exchange of WHOIS records among Registrars. This format is also suitable for Registrant data escrow required by ICANN for all Registrars."
Bibliographic information: Whois Export and Exchange Format. Network Working Group, Internet-Draft. 'draft-wesson-whois-export-03.txt'. Expires: July 27, 2001. By Rick H. Wesson (Alice's Registry, Inc. 704 Almar Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060, US).