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GNSO Communications and Coordination Work Team (CCT) Final Consolidated Recommendations

Open: 23 April 2010
Closed: 16 May 2010

Explanation/Background: This report is the product of a cross-constituency Communications and Coordination Work Team (CCT) that was chartered by the GNSO's Operations Steering Committee (OSC) in March 2009 to review and recommend implementation proposals concerning certain sections of the Board's GNSO Improvements Report (3 February 2008) including:

  • Developing new GNSO website requirements including document management and collaboration tools;
  • Improving the GNSO's ability to solicit meaningful feedback; and
  • Improving the GNSO's coordination with other ICANN structures.

The recommendations are part of the overall GNSO Improvements effort and are designed to help the GNSO Council and the GNSO Constituencies and Stakeholder Groups improve communications, cooperation and coordination among themselves and with other ICANN structures.

The CCT's Final Consolidated Recommendations report was approved by the OSC and forwarded to the Council effective 9 April 2010.

Deadline and How to Submit Comments:

At the direction of the GNSO Council, the Staff is opening a 21-day public consultation forum, from 23 April through 13 May 2010 and invites community comments concerning this document.

To submit comments: cct-recommendations@icann.org

To view comments: http://forum.icann.org/lists/cct-recommendations/

For a copy of the public announcement of this forum please see: http://www.icann.org/en/en/announcements/announcement-23apr10-en.htm

Staff Responsible: Julie Hedlund

Staff member responsible: Julie Hedlund

Announcement | Comments | Summary/analysis of comments

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."