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Update: (a) Agenda for Stockholm Meeting; (b) .biz and .info Top-Level Domains

Preliminary Agenda for Stockholm Meeting

The preliminary agenda for the ICANN Board meeting in Stockholm, Sweden on 4 June 2001 has been posted on the information page for the Stockholm meeting at <>. The agenda currently includes the following items:

  • Approval of Minutes
  • 2001-2002 Budget:
    • Action to Approve of Proposed Budget
  • At Large Study Committee:
    • Progress Report by Chair or Representative
  • Sponsored TLD Agreements:
    • Action on Proposed Sponsored TLD Agreements
  • ccTLD Registries:
    • Update on Status of Agreements and Approval of Pending Agreements
  • Criteria for the Establishment of New Regional Internet Registries:
    • Action on Report Submitted by ASO Council
  • Report of IDN Board Working Group:
    • Presented by Director Katoh, Chair
  • Report on Simultaneous Language Translation:
    • Presentation by President on Possible Approaches
  • DNSO Directions:
    • Discussion of Public Forum Presentations

As it is refined, the agenda will be updated at <>.

Negotiations of Proposed .biz and .info Registry Agreements Completed

The negotiations between ICANN and the registry operators for the new .biz and .info top-level domains have resulted in completed registry agreements. The agreements and their supporting appendices may be viewed at <>. The agreements are undergoing a final, seven-day review by the ICANN Board before being signed. We expect the operators of these TLDs to make announcements regarding their start-up schedules in May.

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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."