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IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process

The IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process enables countries and territories that use languages based on scripts other than Latin to offer users domain names in non-Latin characters. To do this, ICANN has opened the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process to allow for countries that use non-Latin based languages to also request top-level domains that reflect their country's name in local scripts. This involves three steps, which are explained below:

IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process' 3 Steps: Preparation, String Evaluation, and Delegation

Please contact idncctldrequest@icann.org for any inquiries about the IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process.

 

IDN ccTLD Fast Track Documentation and Links:

Final Implementation Plan for IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process [PDF, 879 KB]

Guidelines for the Extended Process Similarity Review Panel [PDF, 86 KB]

ACCESS: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Application System

IDN ccTLD String Evaluation Completion List

IDN Character Validation Guidance (IDNA Protocol)

 

Resources:

IDN Brochure

New gTLD IDN Program Fact Sheet [PDF, 794 KB]

Announcements

Videos and Presentations

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Document Revision Archives:

Original Implementation Plan of 16 Nov 2009 [PDF, 498 KB]

Revised Implementation Plan of 15 Dec 2011 [PDF, 805 KB]

Revised Implementation Plan of 4 June 2012 [PDF, 887 KB]

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."