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Things you didn’t realize were on the ICANN site: Part 3

Back in November, we outlined “more mechanisms for transparency and accountability” which flagged up the Dashboard that you can access from the front page of the ICANN website, but which also spoke of an “operational scorecard” where the work that ICANN does is clearly identified and tied to the organization’s operating plan and budget.

Just under a month ago that scorecard was published on the ICANN website. COO Doug Brent has been pointing to it frequently ever since but as ever, with such a large and diverse community, most people remain unaware of it.

So this scorecard – which is effectively a summary of the entire ICANN operating plan, with discrete, clearly identified deliverables – is Part 3 of things you didn’t realize were on the ICANN site. You can view the scorecard (a pdf file) by going to the Dashboard and clicking on “PM Scorecard” or, alternatively, click the link below.

View the Scorecard for 2009 here [pdf]


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Part 2: IDN Glossary
Part 1: Virtual Bookshelf


    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."