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ICANN Meetings in Montevideo, Uruguay — 7-10 September 2001

ICANN’s next round of meetings will be held (7-10 September 2001), in Montevideo, Uruguay. The meetings are free to attend, and open to any interested person. ICANN encourages broad participation in its bottom-up consensus-development process.

You can take part in these meetings by attending in person, by taking part in the web cast and remote participation opportunities, and/or by joining one of the various ICANN-related mailing list.

Information relating to the meeting is available on the ICANN website:


The Host Committee has provided a local website with information regarding the area, the meeting and local hotels.


DNSO Names Council Whois Survey

The ICANN Domain Names Supporting Organization (DNSO) is conducting a study of the Internet domain-name system's Whois system, which provides information about registrations of domain names. The DNSO invites you to participate by filling out a survey posted on the ICANN website. The survey is currently available in the English and Spanish languages and will be available in additional languages soon.


The survey was designed to solicit input from as many people as possible concerning the use of Whois service, and to assess whether changes should be considered to the current Whois policy adopted by ICANN.

The comment period is open NOW until 31 July 2001. Be sure to be heard! Participate!

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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."