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Update on Root Zone LGR Generation Panel Formation

23 April 2014

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ICANN is pleased to announce significant progress in the formation of Generation Panels for Root Zone Label Generation Rules (LGR). Generation Panels are community panels that will establish the rules that define, for a given script, which code points are permitted for use in U-Labels in the Root Zone, which labels are variants of each other and, where variants exist, whether such variant labels are deemed allocatable for the Root Zone.

Generation Panels will be formed for each script, but are in different stages of formation based on the activity of the communities that they serve:

  • To date, the Arabic Script Generation Panel is fully formed and operational. The Panel convened in person at the ICANN 49 in Singapore.
  • Members of the Chinese community have submitted a formal proposal to form the Chinese Generation Panel, which is currently under review by ICANN.
  • A group of volunteers interested in forming the Neo-Brahmi Generation Panel is actively recruiting members. Interested parties should view the Call for Participation [PDF, 72 KB].
  • There has been significant activity in the Cyrillic, Korean, and Japanese scripts communities. Various community members have taken the initiative and led efforts in forming Generation Panels.
  • Other script communities have not yet formed Generation Panels. If you are interested in establishing a Generation Panel, view the Call for Generation Panels to develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules [PDF, 149 KB].

Other ways to participate:

Before the Generation Panels can begin their work, the maximal set of code points from which the Generation Panels can construct their Label Generation Rules must be defined. The Integration Panel has defined this maximal set of code points in the Maximal Starting Repertoire (MSR-1), which is currently available for public comment. The comment period is open until 30 April 2014, and the reply period is open from 1 May 2014 to 21 May 2014. To review the MSR-1 and submit your comments, access here the public comment forum.

For additional information, view the July 2013 announcement of the Call for Generation Panels to Develop Root Zone Label Generation Rules. Inquiries and expressions of interest may be sent to idntlds@icann.org.