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ICANN Tech Day Archive

ICANN 53 Buenos Aires, Tech Day,

ICANN 52 Singapore, Tech Day,

ICANN 51 Los Angeles, DNS-OARC General Meeting,
ICANN Los Angeles, DNS-OARC Meeting,
ICANN Los Angeles, Tech Day with DNS-OARC,

ccTLD Technical Workshop archive (contains links to agendas and materials from previous Technical Workshops dating back to Sao Paulo and Tech Day events through ICANN London) -

ICANN 32 Paris (see ccTLD Technical Workshop archive)

ICANN 31 Delhi, ccTLD Technical Workshop, 11 February 2008,

ICANN 30 Los Angeles, ccTLD Technical Workshop, 29 October 2007

Taipei Regional Meeting, Security Day, 19 Oct 2007,

ICANN 29 San Juan, ccTLD Technical Workshop, 28 June 2007 (

ICANN 28 Lisbon, ccTLD Technical Workshop, 29 March 2007

First ccNSO Technical Workshop – ICANN 27 Sao Paulo, December 2006 (

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."