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Public Comment - 2007 Archive

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Public Comment Open Date Close Date
RSSAC Review Terms of Reference 2 November 07 1 December 07
ALAC Bylaw Change 7 November 07 7 December 07
Inter-Registrar Transfer Policy 15 November 07 7 December 07


Public Comment Open Date Close Date
Strategic Plan 19 October 07 10 November 07
Telnic Whois Contract Change 19 October 07 10 November 07
New Organisational Frameworks and Principles 17 October 07 12 November 07
Single-Letter Domains 16 October 07 15 November 07 Extended to 15 December 07
Contractual Compliance Report 18 October 07 16 November 07
Registry Failover Plan 19 October 07 19 November 07
New gTLDs 31 October 07 20 November 07
GNSO Improvements 19 October 07 30 November 07


Public Comment Open Date Close Date
Proposed .post Business Model 6 September 07 6 October 07
Board Review Terms of Reference 20 September 07 11 October 07
Strategic Plan 2008-2011 (Issues Paper) 11 September 07 12 October 07
Whois Changes 14 September 07 30 October 07


Public Comment Open Date Close Date
Changes to the Registrar Accreditation Agreement 30 July 07 10 September 07
Request for Information on Domain Tasting 10 August 07 15 September 07
Independent Review of Nominating Committee 19 July 07 17 September 07


Public Comment Open Date Close Date
North American RALO Formation 11 July 07 1 August 07
Strategic Plan 2008-2011 28 June 07 24 August 07
ICANN Geographical Regions Report 22 June 07 29 August 07
Introduction of New Top-Level Domains 10 August 07 30 August 07
Draft Management Operating Principles 23 June 07 31 August 07


Public Comment Open Date Close Date
.Name Registry Renewal Agreement 29 June 07 29 July 07
IDN .test Evaluation Plan 19 June 07 31 July 07


Public Comment Open Date Close Date
ICANN's Performance 8 May 07 5 June 07
IDN Insertion into the Root Zone 2 June 07 22 June 07
Neustar New Registry Service 8 June 07 29 June 07
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."