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Re: [idn] IAB letter on IDNs and VeriSign
 At the core of all of the IAB's concerns is the architectural principle that the DNS is a lookup service which must behave in an interoperable, predictable way at all levels of the DNS hierarchy. Furthermore, as a lookup service it is such a fundamental part of the Internet's infrastructure that converting it to an application-based search service, as the deployed system does, is not appropriate even in the case where the query presented would not normally map to a registered domain.
I have to accept IAB's concerns about VGRS solutions. But, if such solutions will be timedout and
phased out after 2 years and operated with care under IAB's new "operational guidelines", those harms can be
minimized, while it will give great boostup to plugins distributions. I expect ICANN will consider the
bright side of the solutions and make balanced decisions. Many asian region NICs are considering to
put even non-ASCII labels in their zone (not IDNA-compatibile) with slightly different approaches, even
after they become fully aware of those caveats behind their approaches.
IDNA/stringprep/nameprep introduce confusions,collisions and uncertainty to the DNS systems much more
than VGRS specific implementation/deployment solutions does ,as explained in ICANN BoD's last resolutions in
Shanghai.. IESG/IAB are willing to justify that IDNA by supplemental Registrations guidelines ?
If IDNA can be justified in such a way, why not VGRS solutions ? :-)
Still I hope IAB can express such consistent conservatism also to IDNA/nameprep itself, which is
the source of all these hassles....
----- Original Message -----
From: "Paul Hoffman / IMC" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2003 6:14 AM
Subject: [idn] IAB letter on IDNs and VeriSign
> ICANN has recently posted a letter from the IAB to ICANN on the ICANN
> web site. The letter is the IAB's response to the way that VGRS is
> currently running the .com and .net TLDs. Folks following IDNs should
> be interested in it.
> --Paul Hoffman, Director
> --Internet Mail Consortium