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Meeting of the Executive Committee Preliminary Report

Posted 31 January 2002

At its meeting on 31 January 2002, the ICANN Executive Committee adopted the following resolutions:

Approval of Minutes

Resolved [EC02.1] that the Minutes of the Meeting of the Executive Committee held on 16 October 2001 are hereby approved and adopted as presented.

Reimbursement of President's Expenses

Whereas, under resolution EC01.13 the Vice-President and General Counsel has approved advances to the President toward expenses he has incurred in connection with performance of his duties in the total amount of US$ 16,803.64;

Whereas, the Executive Committee has considered whether to approve the reimbursement of those expenses and determined that they should be reimbursed;

Resolved [EC02.2] that the Executive Committee, acting under the authority delegated to it by the Board in resolution 99.121, approves reimbursement to the President of the expenses incurred total amount of US$ 16,803.64.

(Dr. Lynn did not participate in this action of the Executive Committee.)

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."