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Secretary's Notice

To: Paul Wilson, ASO Secretariat

Copy to: Pindar Wong
Ken Fockler
Michael Roberts
Andrew McLaughlin

Subject: Revised Terms of Office--Pindar Wong and Ken Fockler

t its Cairo meeting, the ICANN Board adopted a revision to the bylaws allowing an SO, after submitting its designation of original directors having 1, 2, and 3 year terms, to revise the assignment of terms that it originally made. This revision only becomes effective upon the written consent of the directors whose terms are affected.

This is to formally confirm that the steps required to reassign the terms of the ASO-selected directors have now been accomplished. The revised terms are:

1 year Pindar Wong (was 2 years)
2 years Ken Fockler (was 1 year)
3 years Rob Blokzijl (unchanged)

ccordingly, the term of Pindar Wong now expires on 30 September 2000 and the term of Ken Fockler now expires on 30 September 2001.

Louis Touton
ICANN Secretary

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."