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Five Days Remaining to Complete DNSO Names Council UDRP Questionnaire

As previously announced, the ICANN Domain Name Supporting Organization's Names Council is conducting a study of the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP). In connection with this study, a questionnaire on experiences with and opinions about the UDRP has been posted on the ICANN web site. The results of this questionnaire will be used to assist in evaluating the operation of the UDRP and to develop recommendations for improvements.

The last day to submit responses to the UDRP survey is 6 FEBRUARY 2002.

The questionnaire is available as an online form on ICANN's website in English, French, and Spanish. It can be reached by the links below:

English version <http://www.icann.org/dnso/udrp-survey-en-06jan02.htm>

French version <http://www.icann.org/dnso/udrp-survey-fr-15jan02.htm>

Spanish version <http://www.icann.org/dnso/udrp-survey-es-08jan02.htm>


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Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as""icann.org"" is not an IDN."