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ICANN Newsletter | Week ending 3 April 2009

News from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

Announcements This Week

Public Comment: Phased Equitable Reallocation of Non-Compliant .INFO Sunrise Domain Names

3 April 2009 | ICANN is opening a public comment forum on a proposed amendment from Afilias to Appendix 7 of the .INFO Registry Agreement.

Deadline Approaches for Applications for ICANN Board and Leadership Positions

2 April 2009 | The deadline for applications through the Nominating Committee for leadership positions on the Board, At Large Advisory Committee, Country Code Names Supporting Organization and Generic Names Supporting Organization is Wednesday, 15 April 2009.

ICANN Extends Deadline for Independent Evaluator Applications

2 April 2009 | ICANN is soliciting Expressions of Interest from firms capable of performing independent evaluations as part of the new gTLD process.

Collaborative Communication: New gTLD Overarching Issues

2 April 2009 | In response to the Public Comments regarding the draft Applicant Guidebook posted 24 October, 2008, ICANN has created a dedicated WIKI space entitled, "New gTLD Overarching Issues."

Upcoming Events

13 - 17 April 2009: AfTLD Meeting - Arusha, Tanzania

21 - 26 June 2009: 35th International Public ICANN Meeting - Sydney, Australia


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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"""" is not an IDN."