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Voting Transcript of Board Meeting

(Meeting commenced at 1:10 p.m.)

(Roll taken.)

(Discussion of Consideration of .MA [ Morocco] Redelegation Request agenda item.)

>>VINT CERF: It's been moved and seconded that the redelegation of the .MA be undertaken. We're on the record taking a vote on that redelegation request.

Staff has reported that the redelegation appears to be non-controversial. The (inaudible) entity that will be redelegated to ultimately intends to arrange for a nonprofit to undertake the task at a later time.

So I'm calling on the board now to vote on the redelegation of .MA, Morocco.

All those in favor, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>>VINT CERF: Were there any opposed?

Any abstentions?

>>VINT CERF: Mr. Secretary, the motion passed for the redelegation of .MA top-level domain to ANRT in Morocco.

Let's move on, then, to the redelegation of .GD, the redelegation of Grenada.

(Discussion off the record.)

(Discussion of Consideration of .GD [ Grenada] Redelegation Request agenda item.)

>>VINT CERF: Okay. We're on the record. We are considering the redelegation of Grenada.

It has been moved and seconded that the board approve the redelegation of the .GD top-level domain to the National Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Grenada.

And I'll now call for a vote.

All those in favor of this redelegation, please say aye.

>> Aye.

>>VINT CERF: Are there any opposed?

Are there any abstentions?

We're off the record now.

(Discussion off the record.)

(Meeting adjourned at 2:57 p.m.)

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."