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ICANN Convenes Redemption Grace Period Technical Steering Group

In February, ICANN posted a proposal for establishment of a "Redemption Grace Period" to create a safety net to protect registrants against inadvertently deleted domain names in the generic top-level domains, such as .com, .biz, .info, and .net. Under the proposal, deleted names would be placed in a hold status for a thirty-day period, during which the registrant could reclaim the name if the deletion was unintended.

At its meeting in Accra, Ghana on 14 March 2002, the ICANN Board adopted resolution 02.45, providing for the convening of a technical steering group in order "to develop a concrete proposal implementing the Redemption Grace Period Proposal, to be considered by the Board at a later meeting after posting on the ICANN web site and an opportunity for public comment."

The following technical personnel from registrars and registry operators have agreed to volunteer their time as members of the group:

  • Jordyn Buchanan (Register.com)
  • Hong Liu (NeuLevel)
  • Steve Mahlstedt (Verisign Global Registry Services)
  • Ram Mohan (Afilias)
  • Bruce Tonkin (Melbourne IT)
  • Rick Wesson (Alice's Registry)

Once this group completes the concrete implementation proposal, it will be posted for public comment and then considered by the ICANN Board. ICANN thanks the members of this group for volunteering their time to this project.


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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."