[UA-discuss] Managing IDN Variant TLD

Ram Mohan rmohan at afilias.info
Sat Mar 9 07:17:57 UTC 2019

While these are good to know about, the public comment period has closed,
and all going well, the ICANN Board is going to ratify them at this meeting.

The big news out of this is that, for the first time since 2010, ICANN will
open the possibility of allocating and/or delegating IDN TLDs in scripts
that have variants. That is a significant event for those parts of the
world that are primarily non-ASCII in their expression offline and online,
and who have different representations of the same word (I won’t get into
defining variants in this post, it’s a huge rathole).

In parallel, ICANN is also nearing the final stages of the next version of
the IDN Guidelines, which are slated for ratification in the May-June
timeframe. The effect of that will be binding on all gTLD registries that
implement IDNs.


*From:* Ajay Data <ajay at data.in>
*Sent:* Saturday, March 9, 2019 12:51 AM
*To:* ua-discuss at icann.org
*Subject:* [UA-discuss] Managing IDN Variant TLD

Dear All,

ICANN announced the release of the Recommendations for Managing
Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) Variant Top-Level Domains (TLDs)
a collection of six documents. These recommendations have been developed by
the ICANN organization with community feedback received during the Public

A.      IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Executive Summary
70 KB]

B.      IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Motivation, Premises and Framework
391 KB]

C.      IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Recommendations and Analysis
382 KB]

D.      IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Rationale for RZ-LGR
497 KB]

E.       IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Risks and their Mitigation
230 KB]

F.       IDN Variant TLD Implementation – Appendices (A: Definitions, B:
Use of ROID, C: Limiting Allocated Variant TLDs)
530 KB]

Read more: https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2019-02-05-en

I think, it may be useful knowledge for some members to read and be aware
about this, as your inputs will be valuable while we deal with variants in


Ajay Data
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