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Update on Plans for ICANN Meetings During 2003

Preparations are proceeding for ICANN's three rounds of meetings during 2003:

  1. ICANN's first round of meetings in 2003 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 23-27 March 2003. The local host, the Brazilian Internet Steering Committee, has established a website that gives information about the meeting's venue, accommodations, visa and vaccination requirements, etc., at <http://www.icann.org.br/rio/>. Information about the meeting schedule and agenda is available at ICANN's Rio de Janeiro meeting page. Participants can pre-register at <http://register.icann.org>.
  2. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority will host the second round of ICANN's 2003 meetings on 22-26 June in Montreal, Canada. The meeting website has been established at <http://www.icannmontreal.ca>. Meeting schedule and agenda information will be available at ICANN's Montreal meeting page.
  3. The final round of ICANN meetings in 2003 is scheduled for 27-31 October in Carthage, Tunisia. Details will be posted on ICANN's Carthage meeting page as they become available.

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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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."