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Old 1st September 2007, 07:25 AM
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ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

that she was putting together a live IDN TLD test bed plan which includes translations of the string .test into eleven written languages (Arabic, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Tamil and Yiddish) and ten scripts (Arabic, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Han, Hangul, Hebrew, Hiragana, Katakana, Tamil).

I was very excited to hear that and wanted to blog about it but there was much to catch up at work so I let it slide.

Two days ago, an update from ICANN on this project:


http://www.circleid.com/posts/782810..._idn_tld_live/
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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We should take advantage of this test to file bugs for your favourite software vendors and get them to support IDNs! When was the last time IANA inserted a test TLD to the root? Tell them that if IANA agreed to putting these test strings in the root, this is not a default ignorable fringe technology alright.

So, help spread the word and test the Internationalized Internet!
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Nice article, good to see more positive press.
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Old 1st September 2007, 03:07 PM
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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that she was putting together a live IDN TLD test bed plan which includes translations of the string .test into eleven written languages (Arabic, Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Greek, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Tamil and Yiddish) and ten scripts (Arabic, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Greek, Han, Hangul, Hebrew, Hiragana, Katakana, Tamil).

I was very excited to hear that and wanted to blog about it but there was much to catch up at work so I let it slide.

Two days ago, an update from ICANN on this project:


http://www.circleid.com/posts/782810..._idn_tld_live/

They are not live yet.

How can you know when they are?

1. download the root zone file (use your browser)

ftp://ftp.rs.internic.net/domain/root.zone.gz

2. open root.zone.gz with winzip and extract it to root.zone (it can handle .gz extensions)

3. open root.zone with notepad and do a search for "xn--"

When you find xn-- strings inside the zonefile, then you will know the test is live.


BTW, here are the test domains in case anyone is interested:


"Script" "Language" "SLD.TLD U-labels" "SLD A-label" " TLD A-label"
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Arabic Arabic ﻢﺛﺎﻟ.ﺈﺨﺘﺑﺍﺭ xn--mgbh0fb xn--kgbechtv
Arabic Persian ﻢﺛﺎﻟ.ﺁﺰﻣﺍیﺵی xn--mgbh0fb xn--hgbk6aj7f53bba
Chinese, simplified Chinese 例子.测试 xn--fsqu00a xn--0zwm56d
Chinese, traditional Chinese 例子.測試 xn--fsqu00a xn--g6w251d
Cyrillic Russian пример.испытание xn--e1afmkfd xn--80akhbyknj4f
Devanagari Hindi उदाहरण.परीकाा xn--p1b6ci4b4b3a xn--11b5bs3a9aj6g
Greek Greek παράδειγμα.δοκιμή xn--hxajbheg2az3al xn--jxalpdlp
Hangul Korean 실례.테스트 xn--9n2bp8q xn--9t4b11yi5a
Hebrew Yiddish בײשפיל.טעסט xn--fdbk5d8ap9b8a8d xn--deba0ad
Kanji,Hirigana,Katakana Japanese 例え.テスト xn--r8jz45g xn--zckzah
Tamil Tamil உதாரணம.பரிடைை xn--zkc6cc5bi7f6e xn--hlcj6aya9esc7a

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

The test strings are now up for auction! http://www.idnforums.com/forums/1304...html#post82554

Greek is still available. Good luck!
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Old 1st September 2007, 04:08 PM
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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The test strings are now up for auction! http://www.idnforums.com/forums/1304...html#post82554

Greek is still available. Good luck!
You ain't right, blast!

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

Just picked up the Greek with and without accents. Thank you!

Left the .nets free.

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

Roger that. You just ain't right, Blast.

XN dash dash land gets pretty wacky sometimes. Take some time and help convert some ascii heathens, will ya?
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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It is currently anticipated that delegation of these TLDs and the evaluations, as described in the plan, will commence in September 2007.
Does this mean September 30th? One would think that ICANN would be a bit more specific about matters of such importance...

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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BTW, here are the test domains in case anyone is interested:
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Not sure what you are finding not right. If you look at the past threads, I've always been one to share lists of available domains with people here, so when others share, it is natural to register them.
 
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Old 2nd September 2007, 04:33 AM
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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Not sure what you are finding not right. If you look at the past threads, I've always been one to share lists of available domains with people here, so when others share, it is natural to register them.
No, no, I didn't care about those names - go ahead and take them all :-)

"You ain't right" is just an expression to describe odd behavior (such as registering those names).

No worries!

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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Does this mean September 30th? One would think that ICANN would be a bit more specific about matters of such importance...

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ICANN can get things in the press in a instance.

I am guessing that they are just going to sneak them initially and then hype them up a bit later on when they are convinced there is no problem.

Not sure what kinds of problems they are still anticipating seeing. The way they talk it is surprising they have not insisted that every domain that was ever registered be introduced in to a quarantine style test bed for about 2 years before you can use it.

I find it all very reminiscent of the kinds of attitudes that prevailed when people of different races had to travel on separate buses. Back then the perpetrators would have insisted they had legitimate rights that needed to be protected.
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

You have reached this web page by typing "example.com", "example.net", or "example.org" into your web browser.

These domain names are reserved for use in documentation and are not available for registration. See RFC 2606, Section 3.
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

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You have reached this web page by typing "example.com", "example.net", or "example.org" into your web browser.

These domain names are reserved for use in documentation and are not available for registration. See RFC 2606, Section 3.
What did you enter to get to those?
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What did you enter to get to those?
http://example.com/
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I thought you were typing in idn.idn. Sorry.
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I thought you were typing in idn.idn. Sorry.
Not yet, but I'll have to put some mini sites on the IDNs.
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

These are still not inserted...

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

When will we hear the results?
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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

Halfway through September and the test strings are still not inserted into the root.

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Re: ICANN Tests IDN TLD (Live!)

On a related note, I have been combing ICANN documents on IDN TLD. I see all kinds of interesting proposals regarding banning symbol/punctuation domains, banning single/double letter regs, etc.

I see absolutely nothing regarding the prospect that ascii & idn gTLDs would ever resolve to one gTLD. In other words, everything points to multiple IDN TLDs that would be treated as separate TLDs. No different than other extensions. In fact, it would seem that banning symbol/punctuation domains and single/double letter domains will apply to these new IDN gTLDs given that idn.ascii allowed these registrations.

Can anyone point to anything that will provide hope for those hoping for a single gTLD with IDN and ASCII equivalents?
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