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Updated Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Processes Available

Following the completion of the second annual review of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process, ICANN is providing this notice of publication for the updated Final Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process [PDF, 881 KB]. The Final Implementation Plan for the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process describes the requirements and procedures for submitting and processing requests under the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.

The changes were included in the Public Comment forum of the second annual review of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process under the topic: Proposed changes [PDF, 3.35 MB] to the Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track process.

The changes to the Implementation Plan are non-material and include formatting changes, fixing a few typographical and grammatical mistakes, replacing out-of-date URLs, revising the table of contents, and updating the process flow charts in Appendix 1 to Module 5.

Two versions are posted:

  1. the revised [PDF, 881 KB] IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation Plan published on 4 June 2012 and
  2. a version that tracks the changes [PDF, 1.15 MB] from the previous version.

The community should take note that the previous version [PDF, 805 KB] of the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation Plan published on 15 December 2011 is now archived and superseded by the revised [PDF, 881 KB] IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation.

Archived documents remain available under the "IDN Resources" section of the IDN page: http://www.icann.org/en/resources/idn/more.


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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."