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Structural Improvements Committee Minutes

13 January 2009; 20:00 UTC

Committee members present: Harald Alvestrand, Raimundo Beca, Roberto Gaetano – chair, and Rita Rodin Johnston

Committee member not present and sends apologies: Jean-Jacques Subrenat (JJS)

Staff members present: Doug Brent, Marco Lorenzoni, Denise Michel, Diane Schroeder and Amy Stathos


The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  • Discussed draft charter and BGC’s role in developing language common to all charters. Action: The committee should send email to list with comments to charter, but will wait to approve until common language is agreed and distributed by BGC.
  • Discussed finalizing calendar for meetings from now until annual meeting. Action: Committee chair to distribute proposed calendar within a week and the committee is to comment on proposed schedule of meetings via email.
  • Staff provided a status update on the ongoing organizational reviews and the committee discussed the various meetings and time slots that may be needed in Mexico for presentations. Action: Staff to develop list, in addition to power point chart, as to upcoming steps for each review.
  • Discussed specific status of NomCom review and, in particular identification of how the recommendations interrelate with other review recommendations. Action: The SIC to review materials over the next couple of weeks in order to reach agreement as to which recommendations can be implemented now and which one’s need to be looked at with eye towards recommendations from other structural reviews because they have some inter-dependencies with recommendations resulting from those other reviews.
  • Discussed streamlining the organizational review process and establishing an assessment portion at end to determine if recommendations that have been implemented are working or not working, and why. Action: Staff to begin developing plan document for discussion with the SIC, with suggested revisions to streamline the process and to include new assessment phase after recommendations are implemented.
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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."