[gtld-tech] Specification 5 - Country names... again..

Seth Goldman sethamin at google.com
Wed Nov 27 20:36:32 UTC 2013

Hi Alexander,

We are also bit confused about the correct document to use. Regarding
Section 4.3 of Specification 5 of the RA, when I visit the website for the
UNGEGN, it states that the latest list is from June 27th 2007:
The version you referenced is more recent (from the 26th session in 2011),
but the link to it on the site seems to be grayed out.  So there are two
plausible versions - one that seems to be official, and the other that
seems more recent.

We would also be very happy if ICANN would just provide the officially
mandated list for everyone to use.

Seth Goldman

On Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 11:18 AM, Alexander Mayrhofer <
alexander.mayrhofer at nic.at> wrote:

> I've started looking at the two PDFs of country names that ICANN mandates
> us to reserve in Section 4.2 and 4.3 of Specification 5 of the Registry
> Agreement. I have a couple of comments on this:
> a) I can only guess whether or not the PDFs that i use (
> http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/ungegn/docs/ungegn-tech-ref-manual_M87_combined.pdfand
> http://unstats.un.org/unsd/geoinfo/UNGEGN/docs/26th-gegn-docs/WP/WP54_UNGEGN%20WG%20Country%20Names%20Document%202011.pdf)
> are the correct ones, since ICANN failed to include a reference to the
> documents in the Agreement.
> b) Extracting names from those documents (particularly in scripts that i'm
> not familiar with) is absolutely horrible, and will likely lead to
> interopability problems between registries.
> c) The mapping of the strings required to be reserved to the actual
> A-Label is undefined.
> Therefore, could ICANN please look into creating an reservation list
> covering these two requirements, and publish that list as a recommended way
> to implement the two requirements?
> ICANN could use a tiny tiny fraction of the application fees to contract
> someone to create an authoritative list of names to be reserved -  Or,
> maybe as  a secondary option in case there should be insufficient budget,
> allocate resources from their "Languages Services Department"
> http://blog.icann.org/2013/10/introducing-the-language-services-team/ to
> create this list?
> I'm sure that many members of the community would welcome this as a useful
> contribution to ensure a unified approach to those requirements.
> thanks,
> Alex Mayrhofer
> Head of R&D nic.at
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