[IDN-WG] Successful Evaluations of .test IDN TLDs
nick.ashton-hart at icann.org
Fri Feb 1 10:03:28 EST 2008
Successful Evaluations of .test IDN TLDs
31 January 2008
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. On 7 March 2007 the result of the laboratory tests were
reported successfully. The laboratory technical test was one of the
prerequisites to eventual insert internationalized top level labels in
the root zone, which subsequently were done and the associated test
facility was launched.
Following the project plan, Autonomica then conducted a replication of
the laboratory test, live in the DNS. Quoting from their report:
"Autonomica AB has, under a contract with ICANN, investigated whether
the addition of top level domains containing encoded internationalized
characters (so called IDNs) to the public root zone for testing
purposes has any impact on the iterative mode resolvers used to look
up the information. No impact at all could be detected. All involved
systems behaved exactly as expected."
Therefore, the Automomica test raised no issue regarding the ability
of root-severs and iterative mode resolvers to handle IDN TLD queries.
Details of the test result can be found here [PDF, 129K].
For any questions or request for additional details of the test design
and result please contact Tina Dam at tina.dam at icann.org.
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