[IDN-WG] Draft ALAC Statement on Maximal Starting Repertoire
Rinalia Abdul Rahim
rinalia.abdulrahim at gmail.com
Sat Apr 19 13:05:55 UTC 2014
A draft statement regarding the implementation of the Root Zone Label
Generation Rules Project and the Maximal Starting Repertoire is pasted at
the bottom of this mail and posted on the At-Large Policy Development wiki
The draft is prepared based on observations as well as input gathered from
language community representatives during the At-Large IDN Working Group
meeting in Singapore, which was co-chaired by Edmon Chung and myself.
Please comment on the wiki.
*ALAC Statement on **IDN Variant TLDs – LGR Procedure Implementation –
Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 1*
The ALAC notes the progress made in the implementation of the Root Zone
Label Generation Rules (LGR) Project, specifically:
- Issuance of the Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 1 by the
- Completion of a standardized XML format to represent Label Generation
Rules for the Root Zone;
- Responses from Language Communities in forming script Generation
We recognize that the project is crucial for ensuring that the Root Zone is
able to support IDN variants, which are applicable for major languages used
by the global population of Internet users.
We are greatly encouraged by the success of the Arabic script community in
forming a Generation Panel to address a script that is shared by many
languages across Africa, North Africa, East Asia, South Asia and the Middle
East. We are also heartened by indications of mobilization by the Chinese,
Japanese, Korean and Indic communities towards forming their script
Based on our observations as well as feedback received from various
language communities, we wish to highlight some issues of concern that
require urgent attention in moving the project forward.
*Meeting Demand for IDN TLD*
The Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 1 covers 18 scripts requested by
new IDN gTLD applicants. The Generation Panels already formed and in the
process of being formed do not match the demand.
We view the lack of response from the Cyrillic, Greek, Georgian, Hebrew,
Lao, Latin and Thai communities as of the ICANN 49 meeting in Singapore to
be a matter of concern. We urge ICANN to take action to address the gap.
Our recommendations to the ICANN IDN Variant TLD Program Team:
- Work together with the ICANN Global Stakeholder Engagement Team and
reach out to the target language communities to raise their awareness about
the project and encourage Generation Panel formation.
- Provide a briefing to the Governmental Advisory Committee, the Country
Code Top Level Domain community and regional associations as well as the
At-Large Regional Organizations to seek their support in reaching out to
the target communities.
- Work with the ICANN Communications Team to simplify key documents
related to the Root Zone Project to aid community understanding and
- As part of the community briefing kit, provide concrete examples of
how Generation Panels can be formed by sharing/highlighting the successful
experience of Generation Panel/s already formed.
- Facilitate or enable appropriate facilitation to support the
collaboration of language communities that share a script to form a
Generation Panel or for communities with related scripts to resolve joint
issues if a request for facilitation is received.
- Leverage on the Internet Governance Forum (global and regional) to
widen awareness about the project and the need for language community
*Feedback on Maximal Starting Repertoire Version 1*
We commend the Integration Panel for producing a Maximal Starting
Repertoire (MSR) in a format that is easy for language communities to
understand and manage. The MSR clearly outlines the set of code points
that is ineligible for the Root Zone. It also clearly outlines the set of
code points that the Integration Panel has defined as possible for
inclusion as well as those that should be excluded based on provided
We note that the MSR will serve as a “fixed collection of code points from
which Generation Panels may make a selection in constructing the repertoire
for their respective LGR proposals” based on what the Integration Panel has
determined to be possible for inclusion. We also note that the Integration
Panel intends to “freeze” the MSR version 1 after this call for public
We advise against freezing script segments of the MSR without receiving
sufficient input from language communities (i.e., via a script Generation
Panel or from the script community in general if no Generation Panel has
For subsequent versions of the MSR and LGR, we support the suggestion that
there be a designated release timeline (i.e., a designated time period for
release of updated versions where language communities can plan their
submissions as well as expect updates to be published).
We also request that the Integration Panel provides confirmation that
subsequent versions of the MSR may include a superset or expanded set of
possible code points based on the review and input received from language
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