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Preliminary Report | Special Meeting of the Board

(Posted 28 January 2003)

ICANN's Transition Board of Directors held a meeting by teleconference on 23 January 2003. Directors Vint Cerf (chairman), Amadeu Abril i Abril, Karl Auerbach, Ivan Moura Campos, Lyman Chapin, Jonathan Cohen (joined the meeting while in progress), Mouhamet Diop (joined the meeting while in progress), Masanobu Katoh, Hans Kraaijenbrink, Alejandro Pisanty, Nii Quaynor (joined the meeting while in progress), Helmut Schink (participated only in the first part of the meeting), and Francisco da Silva, and Linda S. Wilson participated.

CEO Search

The Board received a report from the CEO Search Committee and discussed finalist candidates for the new CEO who will replace Stuart Lynn, who has expressed his desire to retire from the position in the first quarter of 2003. The Board agreed to conduct detailed interviews with finalist candidates and to select a preferred candidate from among the finalists at a meeting to take place after the interviews are completed.

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."