[AFRI-Discuss] ICANN Successfully Conducts Laboratory Tests of Internationalised Domain Names
nick.ashton-hart at icann.org
Thu Mar 8 00:36:11 EST 2007
In October, 2006, ICANN engaged Autonomica AB of Stockholm, Sweden,
to develop, conduct, and report on the results of laboratory testing
of internationalized top-level domains in a setting corresponding to
the public root. Quoting from their report,
Just Posted this morning:
Autonomica AB has, under a contract with ICANN, investigated whether
the addition of top level domains containing encoded
internationalized characters (so called IDNs) would have any impact
on the operations of the root name servers providing delegations, or
the iterative mode resolvers used to look up the information. No
impact at all could be detected. All involved systems behaved exactly
Internationalized domain names (IDNs) are domain names containing
characters other than those based on the ASCII character sets. Such
non-ASCII characters include those available in right-to-left scripts
(e.g., Arabic) and non-alphabetic scripts (e.g., Mandarin Chinese).
ICANN is actively involved in the efforts to make these available at
the top level—that is, so that an entire domain name can be rendered
in local characters. The global deployment of IDNs will enhance the
local Internet experience in large regions of the world by enabling
people to share and access information or use services offered in
their own languages.
The laboratory technical test is one of the prerequisites to eventual
insert internationalized top level labels in the root zone. This test
is intended to determine the viability of internationalized top-level
names and the effect they may have on the DNS. The work was done by
replicating the root server environment. The test intentionally did
not incorporate the end-user perspective or a live root test.
Autonomica reported successful insertion using two major server
implementations used by most root server operators: BIND and NSD.
The test design was finalized in December of 2006 following a public
comment period. The test procedure was published so that others can
replicate the test.
Details of the test setup and design can be found here.
Details of the test result can be found here. [PDF, 73K]
For any questions or request for additional details of the test
design and result please contact Tina Dam at tina.dam at icann.org
For further information around ICANN’s IDN Program please visit
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