The Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of Internationalized Domain Names in Applications (IDNA) Labels (the Procedure) defines a two-pass process for creation of the IDN Label Generation Rules (LGR) for the Root Zone as follows: "The first pass creates a set of label generation rules specific to a given script, writing system, language, or all of these; this task is carried out by Rule Generation Panels composed of people with deep experience or interest in the script, writing system or language used by some community of Internet users." [Procedure to Develop and Maintain the Label Generation Rules for the Root Zone in Respect of IDNA Labels] [PDF, 772 KB]
The second pass is to review the proposal by the Generation Panels by the Integration Panel, which comprises of experts in the fields of Linguistics, Unicode, Domain Name System and the IDNs.
Status of Generation Panels
For further details about generation panels visit Generation Panel Community Wiki Page. To learn more about why Generation Panel and IDN work is important to the community and a multilingual Internet, view our Generation Panel leader quote page here.
To establish Generation Panels for scripts that meet the criteria set out in the Procedure and Requisite Expression of Interest without an established working group, ICANN must start the process by appointing a chair. ICANN will work with that chair on the task to attract volunteers that have an interest and appropriate expertise to do the work, as well as the qualifications to be able to represent their community.
A hosting organization that can facilitate the work with meeting space and other resources, such as e-mail lists, conference call hosting, etc., in the interim is also helpful when establishing Generation Panels.
In all cases, the final decision whether a proposed Generation Panel meets the requirements set forth in the Procedure and whether to move forward to formally establish a particular panel rests with ICANN.
Speak up for your language. Please email IDNProgram@icann.org to contribute to the relevant Generation Panel.