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Travel Support

Open: 24 March 09
Closed: 24 April 09

Explanation: A public comment period has opened today for 30 days on the topic of travel support.

Last year, ICANN created travel procedures to clarify which members of the ICANN community were to receive travel support for that fiscal year (2009). At the same time, it was announced that they would be reviewed after the first year of use.

As well as that review commitment, ICANN has received diverse feedback from across the community for improving the procedures. That feedback covered a number of topics: level of support; what costs covered and did not cover (e.g. food, Internet access); booking travel; and visas, among others.

This comment period is intended to gather further feedback before revised procedures are introduced into the FY2010 budget for approval at the Sydney meeting in June.

A presentation on ICANN travel support was provided at the ICANN Mexico City meeting in which the purpose of the travel support and insights gathered from the current year’s experiences were discussed. Links to the materials produced for that meeting and a transcript are provided below.

The public comment period will close on 24 April 2009. If you wish to send in a comment, email All comments can be viewed at

Related links:

2008 travel procedures:

Mexico City meeting presentation: [PDF, 3.29 MB]

Mexico City meeting transcript:

Staff member responsible: Kevin Wilson

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"""" is not an IDN."