[UA-discuss] FW: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN and UASG Announce Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs

Jothan Frakes jothan at jothan.com
Wed Sep 16 15:34:33 UTC 2015

I appreciate the report, and hope it will ultimately drive more awareness
and resourcing that are sorely needed.

I am not speaking in an official capacity for Mozilla, but based upon my
unique perspective related to their handling of IDN, I have some concerns
on IDN methodology, specifically as it relates to the results with Mozilla
Firefox and Flash behavior  -  there are versions that behave differently
in combination.

As a general comment, there are some deliberate and well-vetted security
protections and behavior that is based upon installed languages of the
user, and these factors may certainly have skewed the fail level reported.
On Sep 15, 2015 10:32 AM, "Mark Svancarek" <marksv at microsoft.com> wrote:

> I have some methodology concerns regarding IE (very under-represented,
> version not listed, Adobe plug-in version not listed) but otherwise this
> seems informative.
> *From:* ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org [mailto:ua-discuss-bounces at icann.org]
> *On Behalf Of *Ram Mohan
> *Sent:* Tuesday, September 15, 2015 7:38 AM
> *To:* UA-discuss at icann.org
> *Subject:* [UA-discuss] FW: ICANN News Alert -- ICANN and UASG Announce
> Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs
> News Alert
> https://www.icann.org/news/announcement-2015-09-14-en
> ------------------------------
> ICANN and UASG Announce Results of Universal Acceptance Study for New gTLDs
> 14 September 2015
> ICANN, in conjunction with the Universal Acceptance Steering Group (UASG)
> <https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=47255444>
> announced the availability of a new report: *An Analysis of New gTLD
> Universal Acceptance*. Universal Acceptance (UA) is the concept of
> removing all technical barriers that might hinder a user from accessing any
> name in any top-level domain (TLD) from any web browser, email client, or
> other Internet application on any computer or electronic device. The
> report, sponsored by ICANN, is available here
> <http://www.potaroo.net/reports/Universal-Acceptance/UA-Report.pdf> [PDF,
> 1.63 MB].
> APNIC Labs, the research arm of the Asia Pacific Network Information
> Centre (APNIC) <https://www.apnic.net/>, conducted the tests and
> analysis, which included measuring overall and per-country acceptance of
> certain generic top-level domains (gTLDs) by end-users and the domain name
> system (DNS) as a whole. The tests show that there were no underlying
> infrastructure obstacles to the accessibility of any TLDs.
> "These results were in-line with our expectations," said ICANN's Chief
> Technology Officer, David Conrad. "However, there will need to be changes
> to systems and software to fully leverage the global opportunities these
> new TLDs enable."
> Conrad went on to note that the results of the APNIC Labs tests identified
> occasional problems with Adobe's Flash product working in Microsoft's
> Internet Explorer and Mozilla's Firefox when accessing Internationalized
> Domain Name (IDN) TLDs.
> UASG Chair Ram Mohan said "The problems identified in the report resulted
> in a larger than expected number of IDN TLDs being unresolvable, clearly an
> issue for Universal Acceptance. The UASG is reaching out to Microsoft,
> Mozilla and Adobe to further investigate and mitigate this issue identified
> in the report, and ensure problems are resolved for all TLDs." Mohan also
> strongly encouraged members of the Internet community to join the UASG and
> facilitate the proliferation of Universal Acceptance for all TLDs.
> To learn more about the Universal Acceptance visit the UASG Wiki
> <https://community.icann.org/pages/viewpage.action?pageId=47255444> or ICANN's
> UA
> <https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/universal-acceptance-2012-02-25-en#involved>
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