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Request for Information on Domain Tasting

Open: 10 August 07
Closed: 15 September 07

Explanation: In view of the increase in domain tasting, the GNSO Council recently considered an Issues Report on Domain Tasting [pdf] and resolved to form an ad hoc group for further fact-finding on the effects of this practice.

The ad hoc group has prepared a Request for Information [pdf] to assist in gathering facts and opinions, while inviting both qualitative and quantitative input (question FAQ here).

The easiest method of providing your answers and comments, and information related to this RFI, is via the electronic survey available at this link. Responses made to the survey, updated in real time, are available here.

The group would especially appreciate statistical and other empirical evidence to support your responses, or references to potential sources of information.

Update (5 Sep):The Intellectual Property Constituency has prepared more questions to gather facts and opinions about domain tasting from its members, trademark owners, and their representatives. The results will be provided in aggregate form to the ad hoc group as additional qualitative and quantitative input.

The IPC’s supplemental RFI was designed and written in full by IPC members and is available as an online survey here. The survey will end on 20 September 07 at 11.59pm EST.

Announcement | Comments | Online survey | IPC Supplemental online survey | 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"""" is not an IDN."