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North American Regional gathering of Registries and Registrars

Just a quick note to advise that ICANN last night hosted representatives from a range of Registries and Registrars at our office in Marina Del Rey in California.

It was a precursor to a North American Regional gathering that was held today and will continue tommorrow. Around 65 people are in attendance. Amongst others, I attended today and gave a presentation on what we are doing on transparency and accountability and other things. Not surprisingly the meeting had a strong business focus. I think transparency and accountability are crucial for business certainty.

The other thing I think that is crucial – not just for business – is certainty of process. I think we can do more at ICANN to make our processes clearer and more certain for users as a result.

More reflections on this last point in the future.

But for now – thanks to Tim Cole and Craig Schwartz from ICANN for organising the event.

How about an update later in the week Tim/Craig?


    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"""" is not an IDN."