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01|21|2010 09:39 pm EDT

4 IDN ccTLDs pass String Validation Phase

by Frank Michlick in Categories: ICANN / Policy

4 of the 16 Applications (Egypt, Russia, Saudia Arabia and UAE) that ICANN received for the Fast Track IDN ccTLD have already passed the String Validation phase and can now apply for String Delegation (adding the domains to Root DNS) to IANA. The introduction process of new IDN ccTLDs is done in three steps:

  1. 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.
  2. String Evaluation: incoming requests to ICANN in accordance with the criteria described above: the technical and linguistic requirements for the IDN ccTLD string(s). Applications are received through an online system available together with additional material supporting the process at
  3. 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. String delegation requests are submitted to IANA root zone management.

The requirements that had to be fulfilled in phase two were:

  • 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).

More details about the Fast Track IDN process can be found on the ICANN site.

[via ICANN]

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