[IDN-WG] IDN ccTLD Request From Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of, Successfully Passes String Evaluation

Salanieta T. Tamanikaiwaimaro salanieta.tamanikaiwaimaro at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 02:28:19 UTC 2014

IDN ccTLD Request From Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of,
Successfully Passes String Evaluation

14 April 2014

ICANN is pleased to announce the successful completion of String Evaluation
on proposed IDN ccTLD string for Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic Of.

Details of the successful evaluation are provided here:

The IDN (Internationalized Domain Name) ccTLD Fast Track Process was
approved by the ICANN Board at its annual meeting in Seoul, South Korea on
30 October 2009. First requests were received starting 16 November 2009.
The process enables countries and territories to submit requests to ICANN
for IDN ccTLDs, representing their respective country or territory names in
scripts other than Latin. IDN ccTLD requesters must fulfill a number of

   - the script used to represent the IDN ccTLDs must be non-Latin;
   - the languages used to express the IDN ccTLDs must be official in the
   corresponding country or territory; and
   - a specific set of technical requirements must be met (as evaluated by
   an external DNS Stability Panel comprised of DNS and IDN experts).

The request and evaluation processes entail three steps:

   - Preparation (by the requester in the country / territory): Community
   consensus is built for which IDN ccTLD to apply for, how it is run, and
   which organization will be running it, along with preparing and gathering
   all the required supporting documentation. Requests are submitted through
   an online system together with additional material supporting the process
   at http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track/.
   - String Evaluation: Requests are evaluated in accordance with the
   technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s) criteria
   described above.
   - String Delegation: Requests successfully meeting string evaluation
   criteria are eligible to apply for delegation following the same ICANN IANA
   process as is used for ASCII based ccTLDs. Requesters submit string
   delegation requests to IANA root zone management: root-mgmt at iana.org.

With this announcement, a total of 32 countries/territories requests have
successfully passed through the String Evaluation. Of these, 26
countries/territories (represented by 36 IDN ccTLDs) are delegated in the
DNS root zone; with the remainder either readying to apply, or actively
applying for, delegation of the string. Up-to-date numbers about the IDN
Fast Track Program will continue to be provided on the Fast Track Process
web page at http://www.icann.org/en/topics/idn/fast-track.

ICANN looks forward to enabling the availability of non-Latin country-code
domains for countries that meet the Fast Track Process requirements. ICANN
will continue to accept new string evaluation requests in the Fast Track
Process. Staff support is available to help all countries and territories
interested in participating in the Fast Track Process. Please email
idncctldrequests at icann.org for any inquiries for participation.

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