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Public Comments Archive 2018

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January | February
TitleOpen DateClose Date
Enhancing Accountability - Recommendations for Diversity26 October 201714 January 2018
Recommendations to Improve ICANN's Office of Ombudsman (IOO)10 November 201714 January 2018
Recommendations to Improve ICANN Staff Accountability13 November 201714 January 2018
Recommendations on ICANN Jurisdiction14 November 201714 January 2018
Competition, Consumer Trust, and Consumer Choice Review Team – New Sections to Draft Report of Recommendations27 November 201715 January 2018
TitleOpen DateClose Date
Operating Standards for ICANN's Specific Reviews17 October 20172 February 2018
Proposed Incremental Changes to the ICANN Meetings Strategy14 December 20171 February 2018
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."