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Old 26th June 2007, 01:20 PM
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ICANN Puerto Rico- more questions than answers?

NEW YORK -- New Internet addresses, including those entirely in foreign languages, are under review by a key oversight agency, although meetings this week in Puerto Rico are likely to conclude with more questions.

The Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers scheduled several discussion sessions in San Juan on separate proposals to more rapidly expand the pool of domain name suffixes -- the ".com" part of an e-mail or Web address --and to permit non-English characters for the first time.

Individuals and companies outside the United States long have clamored for non-English scripts, finding restrictive the current limitation to the 26 English letters, 10 numerals and the hyphen. Addresses partly in foreign languages are sometimes possible, but the suffix itself requires non-English speakers to type English characters.

Paul Twomey, ICANN's chief executive, said Monday that the organization expects a report or two on policy questions it would need to address before allowing such names.

For example, should the operators of China's ".cn" automatically be entitled to the Chinese version of that, ".com" and anything else in the language? What if operators of Taiwan's ".tw" want to claim it?

"Who gets the string? What's the string for? How many do you get for a country or territory?" Twomey said were the likely questions to be raised by ICANN's committees.

Engineers also will continue work on tests to make sure the non-English scripts won't disrupt users' ability to send e-mail and reach Web sites.

Meanwhile, ICANN has scheduled workshops to discuss procedures for additional domain suffixes in English. It would be the third major round and the first beyond a pilot since the system was created in the 1980s.

Under the procedures being considered, all applicants would go through an initial review phase during which anyone may raise an objection on such grounds as racism, trademark conflicts and similarity to an existing suffix.



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Old 26th June 2007, 02:06 PM
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Paul Twomey, ICANN's chief executive, said Monday that the organization expects a report or two on policy questions it would need to address before allowing such names.

For example, should the operators of China's ".cn" automatically be entitled to the Chinese version of that, ".com" and anything else in the language? What if operators of Taiwan's ".tw" want to claim it?[/url]

This is a really stupid question. The boss of .com doesn't know the difference between a .com and a .cn. ??
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What amuses me is Twomey's assumption that the only way people will understand what he is on about is to refer to the extension or suffix as the " "com" part".
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Re: ICANN Puerto Rico- more questions than answers?

We will see more questions for IDN.IDN because more politics will be involved. But no problem for IDN.Ascii.

China is already using IDN.Ascii in a large scale. Chinese who like to watch CCTV on Antiques will always see the URL http://www.国宝中国.com on their screens. Together with an Ascii URL Chinarelic.com, this site shows that the Chinese websites of the future will have 2 URLs, one in Ascii and one in IDN.
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We will see more questions for IDN.IDN because more politics will be involved. But no problem for IDN.Ascii.

China is already using IDN.Ascii in a large scale. Chinese who like to watch CCTV on Antiques will always see the URL http://www.国宝中国.com on their screens. Together with an Ascii URL Chinarelic.com, this site shows that the Chinese websites of the future will have 2 URLs, one in Ascii and one in IDN.
That might be the way of the "Near Future". Long-term the "English" Version will only be displayed where there is English content. Where there is Chinese content the advertised URL will be Chinese IDN.IDN, even offline. Only companies with International reach will maintain ASCII.ASCII once browser support is Universal, and then only the English pages of their sites. Of course the ASCII.ASCII will continue to resolve through various forms of forwarding, but these will be largely legacy URLs.

I don't believe the Chinese will have a problem with IDN.com whilst they await support for the IDN.IDN mappings. Indeed many may never bother to use the IDN.IDN version.
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