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Revised Schedule for Bucharest Meetings

The schedule for the Public Forum to be held during the 24-28 June 2002 ICANN meetings in Bucharest has been revised to allow additional time for discussion of ICANN evolution and reform. The Public Forum will be held in three sessions: Wednesday evening (26 June), all day Thursday (27 June), and Friday morning (28 June). The DNSO general assembly and Names Council meetings will be held during the day on Wednesday and the ICANN Board meeting will be held beginning late morning on Friday.

With these revisions, the meeting schedule for Bucharest is as follows:

Monday, 24 June 2002

Tuesday, 25 June 2002

Wednesday, 26 June 2002

Thursday, 27 June 2002

Friday, 28 June 2002

  • ICANN Public Forum (continued)
    • 08:00 - 08:20 - New TLD Evaluation Process Planning Task Force Report
    • 08:20 - 08:40 - Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) Committee Report
    • 08:40 - 10:00 - Briefing on the Domain-Name Whois System
  • ICANN Board meeting
    • 10:30 - 12:00 - First session
    • 12:00 - 13:30 - Lunch Break
    • 13:30 - 15:30 - Second session

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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"""" is not an IDN."