A Blog about Friendship
We have a Swedish saying for when someone you love passes away: He is missed in me. As you now know, our dear friend Tarek has passed away and he is missed in me. There will be many eulogies written about this remarkable man who touched so many. I think many of us have wonderful memories that we can share about him, and I invite you to share them with us in this blog. I will make sure that his family receives your stories.
When I think about Tarek, I think about a man with a great sense of humor. Whenever we talked, he often ended the conversation by calling me boss. He knew and I knew that when it came to his area of expertise, I was and will forever be his junior. When we were together in Barcelona for a meeting with the Minister of Communication of the UAE, the subject matter was a little bit sensitive and it was important that I follow Tarek's instructions. At the end of the meeting, the minister looked at me and said, "You know that Tarek is much better known than ICANN in my region and I would not sit here if it was not for him." He paused, looked at Tarek and said something in Arabic. Afterward, I learned that he complimented Tarek for teaching me so well. And he was right - Tarek had the unique ability to bring people together and forget our differences. I think the reason for that was his big heart, and it is the reason why he will always be missed in me.
Please share your stories about Tarek in the comments below.
Domain Name System
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."