ICANN News Alert -- Status Update: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation

Tina Dam tina.dam at icann.org
Mon Sep 14 17:41:11 CEST 2009

Siva, if you are asking for a formal ietf response then this may not be as simple to produce quickly. If you are ok with vint's reply below then this would enable the members of this list to spend their time on getting to the ietf last call.

If you need something more detailed for the korea meeting then I and others can provide that in an idn update to the alac and at-large members.


From: idna-update-bounces at alvestrand.no <idna-update-bounces at alvestrand.no>
To: Sivasubramanian Muthusamy <isolatedn at gmail.com>
Cc: Harald Alvestrand <harald at alvestrand.no>; Patrik Fältström <patrik at frobbit.se>; idna-update at alvestrand.no <idna-update at alvestrand.no>
Sent: Sun Sep 13 13:45:27 2009
Subject: Re: ICANN News Alert -- Status Update: IDN ccTLD Fast Track Process Implementation

we are in final stages of the WG last call and hope to have the final documents to the AD this week.

It is too early to tell how well these changes will be implemented and how quickly they will spread.

The browser software vendors are already meeting, however, informally to assess how to incorporate IDNA2008 while coping with IDNA2003 legacy domain name registrations.

I know this is not a comprehensive response.

vint cerf

On Sep 13, 2009, at 1:39 PM, Sivasubramanian Muthusamy wrote:


I wish to request a summary from IETF for the purpose of reporting to ALAC and to the at-Large structures through the RALOs about the status of completion of technical tasks related to IDN implementation. IETF has done exhaustive work in this area and at-Large has been informed about the recent internet drafts https://st.icann.org/idn-policy/index.cgi?at_large_idn_policy

At-Large structures comprise users who might require a non-technical summary of technical progress covering answers to questions such as:

1) Has IETF completed all technical tasks related to IDN implementation? If there are any pending tasks, are these tasks expected to be completed in time before the implementation begins and if there are to be any further pending tasks, will be be safe to assume that such pending tasks are of a non-critical nature?

2) Is IETF 'comfortable' with the technical preparedness for IDN implementation to begin immediately following the ICANN meeting at Seoul? In other words, is there an "all-set" green signal from IETF?

3) Though IDN TLDs are to be implemented in a phased manner, (fast-tracked ccTLDs first, followed by the next wave of IDN ccTLDs /gTLDs) the implementation might proceed to fully integrate IDN TLDs in the root.I would call the 'fast-track first' sequence as 'adminsitrative-phasing' of IDN TLD implementation. Does IETF have any recommendation for 'technically-phasing' in IDN implementation? ( I would be glad to non-technically expand this question)

This communication is posted as a request for inputs.

Thank you.

Sivasubramanian Muthusamy
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2009/9/10 Patrik Fältström <patrik at frobbit.se<mailto:patrik at frobbit.se>>
On 10 sep 2009, at 04.07, Vint Cerf wrote:

what is the status of each of your documents in terms of absorbing inputs from last call?

You should see new version of -tables- today.

What issues do you need me, as chair, to provide guidance for, if any?

None (I am pretty sure of...).


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