Universal Acceptance is a foundational requirement for a truly multilingual Internet, one in which users around the world can navigate entirely in local languages. It is also the key to unlocking the potential of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to foster competition, consumer choice and innovation in the domain name industry. To achieve Universal Acceptance, Internet applications and systems must treat all TLDs in a consistent manner, including new gTLDs and internationalized TLDs. Specifically, they must accept, validate, store, process and display all domain names.
The Universal Acceptance Steering Group is a community-based team working to share this vision for the Internet of the future with those who construct this space: coders. The group's primary objective is to help software developers and website owners understand how to update their systems to keep pace with an evolving Domain Name System. Its primary message is that Universal Acceptance will enable the next billion users to build their own spaces and identities online.
The Steering Group was formed to guide the identification of topline issues and proposed solutions, as well as the creation and dissemination of best practices and general outreach information about Universal Acceptance. ICANN's role is that of coordinator, catalyst, supporter, advocate and manager of the UASG work streams. This includes providing budget support and a Secretariat of the UASG.
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Domain names in a top-level domain (TLD) must be useable in all applications regardless of the written script, character length or newness of the TLD. The primary drivers for Universal Acceptance of TLDs stem from the following elements:
- Longer TLD names: TLDs with names longer than three characters, such as .museum or .plumber.
- Non-Latin based TLDs: TLDs with names written in scripts other than ASCII, such as Hindi, Japanese and Greek.
- Addition of new TLDs: The New gTLD Program spurring rapid additions of new gTLDs delegated to the root zone.
- International Email: The introduction of non-ASCII names in email. While IDNs solved part of the ability to have non-ASCII names for servers, it doesn't solve the ability to have non-ASCII names for mailboxes.
Universal Acceptance will be achieved when Internet applications and systems treat all TLDs in a consistent manner, including new gTLDs and internationalized TLDs. Specifically, they accept, validate, store, process and display all domain names properly.
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