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Old 26th June 2013, 04:58 AM
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What's up with single 'character' TLDs

ICANN's Joint IDN Working Group (JIG) published a favorable report on the topic of single char. TLDs in 2011.

The Security and Stability Advisory Committee more or less advised ICANN to "hold on until other work has been completed". To my knowledge, all of said 'other work', except the ICANN IDN variant TLD program, has been completed to date.

The IDN variant TLD program should be finalized soon so as to allow delegation of variant TLD in the first half of 2014.

Following SSAC advice, the new gTLD applicant guidebook disallowed single char. TLD for the first round.

As a result, VRSN included this wording in its Chinese.com app :
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Verisign commissioned quantitative market research in multiple markets to determine the best possible transliterations of .com. The China market study consistently chose the single character phonetic representation of “com” as the best choice. This preferred string is “看”, and is Verisign’s preferred choice for this application. Due to the ICANN single character restriction currently in place Verisign is not able to apply for the China markets preferred choice, and instead is applying for an alternate two character version. Verisign will continue to work with ICANN to overcome concerns regarding single character IDN Top-level domains.
Now, I'm pretty sure VRSN would never launch its chinese IDN TLDs without variant implemented at the top level, which in effect means they probably won't launch until the time where ICANN is ready to allow single character TLDs.

Anyone has more info/insights on this topic ? Please share

PS: VRSN has been slowing the pace of the new gTLD program since March. Most say VRSN wants to delay the competition. From an IDN perspective, I find it convenient.
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Re: What's up with single 'character' TLDs

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PS: VRSN has been slowing the pace of the new gTLD program since March. Most say VRSN wants to delay the competition. From an IDN perspective, I find it convenient.
Why do you find it convenient? I just see renewal fees continuing to accumulate.

As for the rest of your post: are you saying that Verisign might delay the launch of its two-character Chinese gTLDs until they can replace them by the preferred one-character gTLDs? If that's the case, it would be strange that they applied for the two-character gTLDs in the first place.

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Re: What's up with single 'character' TLDs

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Why do you find it convenient? I just see renewal fees continuing to accumulate.

As for the rest of your post: are you saying that Verisign might delay the launch of its two-character Chinese gTLDs until they can replace them by the preferred one-character gTLDs? If that's the case, it would be strange that they applied for the two-character gTLDs in the first place.

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Technically they couldn't apply for a 1 char string in this round. However, perhaps they will be allowed to modify their application before the launch ? I would try to do so if i were them anyways.
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Technically they couldn't apply for a 1 char string in this round. However, perhaps they will be allowed to modify their application before the launch ? I would try to do so if i were them anyways.
That would seem difficult. Their current dot-com-in-Chinese string (.點看) has successfully passed through a series of filters, including string similarity, legal rights objection, community objections, and GAC scrutiny. It would be surprising if ICANN then allowed Verisign at the last minute to substitute a different string, .看, even though it does make up half of the original string.

Perhaps Verisign will decide that it can't hurt to ask, but they haven't exactly given ICANN a reason to do them any favors.

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