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RE: [idn] NSI Multilingual Testbed Information (fwd)
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- Subject: RE: [idn] NSI Multilingual Testbed Information (fwd)
- From: "Hollenbeck, Scott" <email@example.com>
- Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 09:50:45 -0400
- Delivery-date: Fri, 25 Aug 2000 06:51:18 -0700
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I didn't say that RACE is a proposed standard. I think we all know that
it's one of the proposals currently documented in an IDN WG I-D, and that's
why it's one of multiple options (including UTF-8) that we're exploring.
FWIW I am trying to pull together some more technically-oriented information
to address the concerns people have raised here.
Network Solutions, Inc. Registry
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, August 25, 2000 8:05 AM
To: Hollenbeck, Scott; email@example.com
Subject: RE: [idn] NSI Multilingual Testbed Information (fwd)
AFAIK, RACE is not a "proposed standard." And, as I mentioned in Pittsburgh
as well as on this list, some parts of RACE may be covered by a patent
granted to someone who is not even participating in this working group, and
thus has no interest in intellectual property disclosures required under
RFC 2206. Has NSI contacted the holder of this patent prior to using it for
a commercial (albeit "testbed") implementation?
Not to belabor the issue, but UTF-8 is an *approved* standard under RFC
Finally, as I read the press release you put out about this at:
as well as your Web page explanation to registrars, at:
it is clear that, come October, NSI will be accepting and publishing on the
Internet fully functional IDN
"The NSI Registry testbed will use a multilingual
domain name server that
provides hostname-to-address DNS service and
delegation of multilingual
sub domains. Conforming to existing NSI Registry
standards for gTLD
name servers, this server-side implementation
results in minimal impact
to existing applications and resolvers. NSI
Registry's goal is that any
multilingual domain name solution should work with a
standards-based encoding schemes (e.g. RACE, UTF-8)
deployed at the
client and resolver levels.
NSI Registry will implement multilingual domain
names in the .com, .net,
and .org gTLDs in the following format:
<multilingual domain name>.com
<multilingual domain name>.net
<multilingual domain name>.org
The testbed will be operative for managing
authoritative name server (NS)
records, IPv4 address (A) records, and a zone's
start of authority (SOA)
In effect, the NSI Testbed server is a "launch" of multilingual domain name
services to any customer of any participating .com, .net and .org ICANN
Certified Registrar who also meets your multilingual certifications
FYI, .NU Domain has decided to hold back on launching a commercial
multilingual domain name service using NUBIND until IETF standards are
pinned down - even though we have had the technology up and running for the
past 9 months. I explained why in Pittsburgh.
But if .com, .net and .org multilingual names will be available in October,
obviously, from a competitive point of view, .NU Domain (as well as any
other ccTLD with the technology) will be reconsidering that approach.
At 07:11 AM 8/25/00 -0400, Hollenbeck, Scott wrote:
>If building a test bed to start getting real-world experience with
>technologies proposed in this WG is out of line, we're guilty. Sadly, the
>message Rick paraphrased left out technical detail that the members of this
>mailing list were bound to see as significant omissions that obviously have
>people misunderstanding our intentions. For example, the "certification"
>process is intended to ensure that a registrar's client software is capable
>of doing accurate RACE encoding for a list of known IDN labels as part of
>the domain name registration process.
>We fully intend to keep the test bed in synch with this group's efforts.
>something other than RACE encoding is what eventually becomes a proposed
>standard, we'll change the test bed to keep up. Truth is, we think it's
>important to this group's efforts to understand how well the technologies
>we're discussing will work in the real world, and that's what we're trying
>to get ahead of.
>Network Solutions, Inc. Registry
>From: Keith Moore [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
>Sent: Thursday, August 24, 2000 9:41 PM
>To: Rick H Wesson
>Subject: Re: [idn] NSI Multilingual Testbed Information (fwd)
>is it just me, or does anybody else get the impression that NSI is
>way, way, way out of line here?