Join the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI) Team for live demonstration of preview.icann.org
In May 2020, the Information Transparency Initiative (ITI) team released a preview of the improved ICANN.org, giving the ICANN community an opportunity to see and experiment with some of the content types they have been working on to improve accessibility and findability on https://icann.org.
The team has been focused on ITI’s primary goals to:
- Create an integrated ongoing, operational process to govern, preserve, organize, and secure ICANN's public content.
- Implement this governance through a new document management system (DMS), the content foundation for ICANN ecosystem-wide governance.
- Surface this content through a new content management system (CMS), which will serve as the backbone for ICANN's external web properties.
Enable a multilingual user experience (in the U.N. six languages) and aim to adhere to W3C AA accessibility standards.
- Upgrade and establish a future-proof and content agnostic technology landscape.
Throughout this process, the team has been actively engaging with ICANN stakeholders in usability sessions and gathering community input from the ITI feedback site. While the work is still in progress, we wanted to invite the community to join us for two upcoming webinars. The team will demo some of the new content types and features, and answer any related questions.
ITI Webinar 1
Monday 20 July 2020, 20:00 UTC (all other times)
ITI Webinar 2
Wednesday 22 July 2020, 14:00 UTC (all other times)
We cannot do this without your help and we appreciate all the positive feedback and constructive input we've received from the community, and look forward to seeing you at these upcoming webinars.
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."