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IANA Committee (IC) Minutes

IC attendees: Bill Graham, Thomas Narten, Mike Silber, Suzanne Woolf, and Kuo-Wei Wu (Chair)

Invited Attendees: Jonne Soinien (observing)

Staff Attendees: Megan Bishop, Michelle Bright, Michelle Cotton, Kim Davies, Elise Gerich, Elizabeth Le, and Leo Vegoda


  1. Delegation and Redelegation Requests – Staff presented a proposal for the production, review and distribution of documents relating to delegation and redelegation requests. The IC reviewed and revised the flow chart of the proposed process to include an additional step for review by the IC (by way of the Committee Chair with a copy to Committee members) after legal review and before submission to Board. The Chair will be responsible for reading the request and circulating it the Committee members for comment and selecting a shepherd. The IC members will have five business days to comment, after which the documents will be submitted to the Board. The IC also reviewed the revised process description checklist, which has been turned into a one-page overview of all the key facts relating to the assessment. Further, the IC reviewed a sample of the new formats for Board submissions.

    • Action:

      • Staff to update the flow process and recirculate for Committee's review.
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""icann.org"" is not an IDN."