[UA-discuss] FYI, an IUC41 presentation proposal on UA

Jim DeLaHunt jfrom.uasg at jdlh.com
Fri Mar 24 08:12:37 UTC 2017

Hello, UA colleagues:

Two weeks ago we had a thread about my interest in seeing Universal 
Acceptance proposals submitted to the 41st Internationalization and 
Unicode Conference (IUC41).  Based on that discussion, I am working on a 
proposal for a 50-minute presentation. I'd like to run these by you for 
your information. I appreciate any feedback you have.


*Presentation title*: Universal Acceptance of non-Latin email addresses 
and domain names: how does your framework rate?


The next one billion internet users use a wide variety of languages and 
scripts. They will demand email addresses, and domain names, in scripts 
they can easily read. App development frameworks, libraries, and 
programming languages on all platforms will be called on to meet this 
challenge. This is Universal Acceptance (UA) — of all domain names and 
email addresses, from http://普遍接受-测试。世界 [simplifed Chinese] to 
مانيش @ أشوكا. الهند [arabic] to données at fußballplatz.technology [latin 
non-ASCII]. We present technical compliance criteria, a list of problem 
areas, and ways to evaluate compliance. We give our compliance findings 
so far. Does your library and platform provide Universal Acceptance?

Universal Acceptance is a foundational requirement for a truly 
multilingual Internet, one in which users around the world can navigate 
entirely in local languages. It is also the key to unlocking the 
potential of new generic top-level domains (gTLDs) to foster 
competition, consumer choice and innovation in the domain name industry. 
To achieve Universal Acceptance, Internet applications and systems must 
treat all TLDs in a consistent manner, including new gTLDs and 
internationalized TLDs. Specifically, they must accept, validate, store, 
process and display all domain names and email addresses.

This talk presents a compliance review plan, for the programming 
languages and frameworks with which applications are built. It has a 
list of UA features to check, and gives reference correct results. 
Application developers can use these tests to be sure the tools they use 
afford Universal Acceptance. Framework developers can use these tests to 
be sure that they provide access to the right scope of Universal 
Acceptance functionality, and that it works well.  There is a 
complementary compliance review plan of application features, which we 
will also look at.

This compliance review plan are the work of the Universal Acceptance 
Steering Group (https://uasg.tech/). An ICANN project, the UASG is a 
community-based team working to share this vision for the Internet of 
the future with those who construct this space: coders. The group’s 
primary objective is to help software developers and website owners 
understand how to update their systems to keep pace with an evolving 
domain name system (DNS).

The UASG has done its own compliance evaluation for selected frameworks 
and programming languages. We will go over these results.

This talk is complementary with Dr Ajay Data's presentation on Data 
Xgen's experience developing email services with non-Latin email 
addresses and domain names.

This talk is suitable for product owners, application developers, 
programming language and framework developers, testers, domain 
registars, email hosting companies, management, and developers. Plus, 
anyone who looks forward to using email addresses and domain names in 
non-Latin scripts will find this evaluation of interest.

[Note: I plan to base this mainly on the contents of "Reviewing 
programming languages and frameworks for compliance with Universal 
Acceptance good practice"]

*Ram and other leaders*: Is it all right for me to identify myself as a 
member of UASG, and this talk as being a UASG presentation, and use the 
UASG templates?  I don't mind just proposing an individual talk, but I 
think having the UASG branding would be stronger.


I am also working on a proposal for a 1.5 hour tutorial.

*Tutorial Title*: Domain names and email addresses aren't just ASCII 
anymore.  Now what?

*Tutorial Concept*: Explain IDN and EAI, and their implications, for an 
audience that doesn't know either. The next billion internet users. 
Explain Punycode and how it's the ASCII labels that are registered. Show 
the thousands of gTLDs, and how to get the current list. Talk about 
policy issues like joint registration. Talk about confusables, as a 
security issue and a trademark issue. Introduce UASG and other groups 
working on these issues. Review the portfolio of UASG materials and how 
participants can apply them, both to the software they developed, and to 
that they procure.

I think the tutorial extends beyond UASG, so I'm leaning towards 
presenting it as an individual tutorial.

N.B. It's my practice to freely licence my presentation materials with 
CC-BY, so they will be available for others to re-use.

Also, as alluded to above, I understand that Dr Ajay Data has proposed a 
presentation on Data Xgen's experience developing email services with 
non-Latin email addresses and domain names. I think this will be 
interesting by itself, and even better in combination with the UASG 
material in my proposal.

Who knows whether the program committee will accept any of these 
proposals?  They will give us their answer towards the end of April.

One final reminder: if anyone else wants to propose a talk, 24. March is 
the deadline! Details at 

Once again, your feedback is welcome. Best regards,
       --Jim DeLaHunt

     --Jim DeLaHunt, jdlh at jdlh.com     http://blog.jdlh.com/ (http://jdlh.com/)
       multilingual websites consultant

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