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Global Survey on Multilingualism in ICANN’s Work Online

ICANN today enabled an online survey, available in 11 languages including English, to facilitate understanding of the way in which the community uses existing materials prepared in multiple languages. It will also help ICANN understand how it could enhance multilingual access to the work of the organisation.

This survey is also a key input into the public consultation process for the ICANN draft Translation Programme. The mission of the programme is to provide those who are not fluent English speakers with an equal level of access to influence and participate in the work of ICANN as those who are fluent in English.

You may find more information about the Translation Programme at: http://www.icann.org/announcements/announcement-13feb08.htm

The online survey is accessible at the following URL: https://www.bigpulse.com/m1649/intro

The results of the survey are be available in real-time at the following URL: https://www.bigpulse.com/pollresults?code=k8q27xDaY9JC2cLcBxrt

Note that the results available at the URL above only present the non-narrative answers of the survey. It is not presently possible to show summarized statistical results and at the same time include individual narrative responses in a way that is meaningful. The text answers will be compiled into the report prepared at the completion of the survey.

The survey will remain open until 20 June 2008.

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    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."