Universal Acceptance Readiness Evaluations
The Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG), ICANN, and industry experts regularly conduct studies to measure the progress of UA-readiness across various platforms including applications, browsers, email systems, websites, and more. These studies are carried out to identify, measure, and subsequently mitigate UA gaps in various platforms. Continuing to address these gaps requires involvement of programmers, business managers, academics, and more.
To get involved, learn how to become UA-ready.
The UA-Readiness Report 2021-2022 provides an overview of UA-readiness around the world.
ICANN has developed and deployed the EAI support survey tool, which looks at all mail exchanger (MX) servers of second level domain names across generic top-level domains (gTLDs), and share what percentage of these support Email Address Internationalization (EAI).
Below is the table demonstrating the summary of the quarterly survey results measuring the EAI readiness of all email servers listed in the gTLD zones.
If you want to test EAI Readiness of your TLD zone, the code which tests the zones is available at https://github.com/icann/eai-survey-tool.
UA-Readiness of Registry and Registrar Systems
To assess the UA-readiness of the systems of ICANN's contracted parties (gTLD registry operators (RO) and registrars), registry service providers (RSPs), and country-code top-level domains (ccTLD), ICANN org conducted the following surveys. The objective was to create a baseline, to understand the challenges for becoming UA-ready and to understand how ICANN org can contribute.
- UA-Readiness Survey Report – ccTLDs
- UA-Readiness Survey Report – Contracted Parties and Registry Service Providers
ICANN published a study on The Universal Acceptance (UA) Roadmap for Domain Name Registry and Registrar Systems, which proposes how to test these systems for UA-readiness, for the benefit of TLD registries and registrars. The study includes the roadmap in addition to the results of testing a registry system and a registrar system in the appendices.
- Universal Acceptance (UA) Roadmap for Domain Name Registry and Registrar Systems
- Appendix A: Registry Testing
- Appendix B: Registrar Testing
The UASG has conducted numerous UA-readiness evaluations of platforms and software applications. The current data suggests that there is progress being made but there are still gaps that need to be addressed by the technical community. View a full inventory of evaluations.
- Command line networking tools UASG 024
- Content management systems UASG 032
- Major email tools and services UASG 021A, UASG 021B, UASG 030, UASG 030A
- Open-source code pilot UASG 033
- Social media applications UASG 035
- Web browsers UASG 016, UASG 036
- Web hosting tools UASG 042
- Websites UASG 025, UASG 027, UASG 039
UA and EAI Resources
For a full list of UA and EAI resources, including facts sheets, FAQs, best practices, and more, visit https://uasg.tech/document-hub/.